Mexico City police detain and injure journalists during march against president

By Norma Garza

Protests in Mexico City on Dec. 1-- the first anniversary of the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto -- led to the detention of one journalist, aggressions against other two and the throwing of rocks against TV station Televisa's headquarters, reported journalism organization Article 19.

In a special report about the aggressions during the coverage of the protest, Article 19 said that about 10 police agents were monitoring the route of the march on Reforma Avenue. The incidents occurred near the end of the mobilizations after some hooded demonstrators threw rocks at TV station Televisa's building, which public opinion identifies as being allied with the president.

According to Mexican news site Animal Político, police officers detained Alejandra Natalia Rodríguez, a journalist for independent site Somos el Medio and student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; hit La Jornada reporter Tania Maldonado and confiscated her cellphone after she used it to capture a video of Rodríguez's arrest; and kicked Victor Hugo Torres, of the outlet Izquierda Mexicana, who was covering the incidents in front of Televisa.

Diego Romo, a member of the humanitarian brigade Marabunta, said that the police officers didn't allow Rodríguez to get medical attention after she fainted during the aggression and suffered injuries to her left arm and wrists, according to the Article 19 report.

La Jornada published several pictures that show the moment when Rodríguez was detained.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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