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Journalism under attack in Argentines province of Neuquen (english)
by indy argentina
Email: nqnsolidaridad (nospam) hotmail.com
09 Oct 2002
We need your solidarity
The persons and organizations signing below reject the violence suffered by
various journalists in the past weeks. They were committed in the mark of a
para police action against the workers of Ceramica Zanon. This factory was
occupied and started producing one year ago, when workers took control of this
largest ceramics factory in South America.
The journalist Walter Perez, working for the newsagency TELAM and Radio Calf,
was harrassed on thursday 03/10/02 in front of the factory whilst working for
the radio. Stones were thrown at him and he was menaced for his coverage on the
conflict in the radio Calf FM University. This is not the first time that this
has happened, in the past days the journalists Elio Brat and Lorenzo Lorente
were attacked verbally.
Two days after these incidents, members of indymedia that are still inside the
factory, were intimidated in an attempt to stop them from continuing reporting
on the attacks against the workers, leading to equipment being damaged by the
stones thrown at them.
These incidents are the work of a group of people headed by Oscar Montes and is
financed by the directors to attack the strike and occupation of the factory.
They have been protected by the police of the Province of Neuquen in every
single one of there attacks, facts which are proven by various fims and fotos.
Its a shame: the methods of intimidation and agression, the use of civilians to
attack workers and journalists, remind us of the last military dictatorship
that used such methods to silence opposition, the use of kidnapping and torture.
We wont allow that the censure of journalists installs itself yet again in our
country, nor that this kind of action stays unpunished. We will go on defending
freedom of speach and make the directors of Ceramicas Zanon as well as the
government of the province of Neuquen responsible for any aggression suffered
by the press.
Please sign this mail sending a response to nqnsolidaridad (at) hotmail.com and help
us distributing this petition that will be published in several argentinian and