Two Argentine journalists were threatened at gunpoint on Monday, Feb. 13, in La Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish).
The journalists, Omar Millalonco and Lilén Mercado, are journalism students at the National University of La Plata and primarily work on topics related to human rights violations, gender violence and police abuse, according to the newspaper Reporte Platense. The journalists also collaborate with the Miguel Bru Association, named for a missing journalism student, which works to defend human rights, reported the news agency Tiempo Argentino.
The incident occurred when the journalists were saying goodbye to friends at the door of their home. Five armed and hooded individuals approached them and said that if the journalists continued talking or writing, they were going to kill them, said the news website La Plata Ya.
Like FOPEA, the Civil Coalition of the City of La Plata condemned this serious attack on freedom of expression and city officials from La Plata also signed a decree calling for an investigation into the case and the apprehension of those responsible, reported InfoPlatense, the news website where Millalonco also works.
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