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Venezuelan newspaper attacked with explosive, reports no injuries

By Isabela Fraga

An explosive was thrown in front of Venezuelan newspaper Panorama's building on May 27, reported the site La Patilla. No one was hurt and there were no damages.

The artifact was thrown from a moving vehicle, inside of a shoe box, along with flyers from a group calling itself Bolivarian Liberation Forces (FBL) Bolívar Lives, reported the newspaper, which is located in Macaraibo, in the state of Zulia.

At a press conference, the newspaper's president, Patricia Pineda Hernández, said she ignores why the building was attacked. "However, we will not give in to provocations... Our editorial policy is to follow every trend that is part of political life in Venezuela," she said, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público.

The organization added that impunity has prevailed in most attacks against Venezuelan media. The gunshots fired at the building of newspaper La Región and the attack against El Carabobano, for example, have yet to be punished.

 

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.

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