Paraguayan journalists union denounces censorship and threats against broadcaster

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  • August 17, 2010

By Maira Magro

The Paraguayan Journalists Union condemned an attack against Martín Caballero, a radio announcer from Radio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in the city of Villa Hayes. The group also came out against attempts to censor the radio station.

On Aug. 11, Caballero was followed by an unknown vehicle, whose occupants fired shots into the air, reported ABC. Later, he was threatened by two armed men on a motorcycle. According to the union, Caballero had been reporting about a more than 100-day strike of steel workers from ACEPAR and the way police had been treating them.

The radio station is a cooperative owned by workers from ACEPAR. The prosecutor asked the court to bar the station from interviewing leaders of the steel workers, which the journalists union considered an "attempt at censorship."

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.