Colombia: Journalists attacked by riot police

Posted on May 7, 2014 • Filed under: Colombia, Conflicts, Police/Military Activity

Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks by police on four journalists from the daily El Colombiano who were covering May Day demonstrations in Medellín. Andrea Torres, Sebastian Carvajal, Juan Fernando Rojas and Esteban Vanegas were assaulted by riot officers to whom they had made a point of showing their press cards. Vanegas, a photographer, was accused of assaulting public servants. He was released overnight after being held for 12 hours. “This attack took place just over a month after the United Nations approved a resolution on the need to protect journalists covering peaceful demonstrations,“ said Camille Soulier, head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. Read Article

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