Radio journalists receive poorly written threat in Uruguay

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  • August 9, 2012

By Isabela Fraga

Journalists received a threatening letter in a sealed envelope at a radio station in Young, Uruguay, on Aug. 7, reported the newspaper El País.

The letter was found under the door of a commercial center in the city, near the broadcaster Radio Young where four of the threatened journalists work. Chief of Police Milton Rodríguez Tito confirmed the threat and added that the letter was poorly written with many grammatical errors. "We're gunna clean up," the letter read, listing the names of the police commissioner, five journalists, a judge, and a prosecutor. The letter ended with the phrase, "there will be blood and mourning," and was signed with three capital letters in a childish hand, according to El Telegrafo.

According to El País, three of the journalists named in the letter host a morning program for Radio Young. Another runs the station's main news program, while the fifth works for a television station. The Young Police Department said it will investigate the threat.

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.