Photographer for local government in Ecuador receives death threat

By Liliana Honorato

An Ecuadorian journalist received death threats via an anonymous phone call. The journalist and her family are currently under police protection after filing a complaint, the newspaper El Telégrafo reported.

According to the Public News Agency of Ecuador and South America (Andes in Spanish), Yadira Romo, photographer for the communications department of the Carchi Province's government (on the border with Colombia), received the threat after photographing an altercation between Yaco Martinez, owner of the private newspaper La Nación, and a journalist of the government newspaper El Ciudadano. The altercation occurred during an interview with the civil governor of the province, René Yandún, about the distribution of domestic gas in Tulcán, capital of Carchi, Andes said.

In a publication that includes a video, El Ciudadano claimed that journalists of that newspaper and of the government were insulted and hit, although Martinez denied the accusations, saying he only took the photographer’s hand and asked her not to take photos, the Ecuadorian NGO Fundamedios said.

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.