Paraguayan journalist sues governor over death threat

Paraguayan journalist and radio announcer in Ciudad del Este, Carlos Bottino, has filed suit against the governor of Alto Paraná, Nelson Aguinagalde, accusing him of threatening the journalist with death, reported Última Hora.

I wish I had a machine gun to spray these wretches and scoundrels," the governor said, referring to critical journalists, according to ABC.

The governor's words came after the publication of new complaints against the governor, reported Radio Ñanduti. The Paraguayan Journalists Union has condemned the death threat.

The governor said he feels persecuted by a political group supposedly led by journalists, and he apologized for the "expression of desperation" hurled at the press, added Última Hora.

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.