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September 18, 2014

Judge rules to move case against journalists in Bolivia to Press Tribunal

In a welcome development in Bolivia last month, a judge ruled that criminal charges of espionage, complicity and disclosure of state secrets against two journalists be dropped and the case be moved to the country’s Press Tribunal. On May 7, Ricardo Aguilar , a journalist with the Bolivian daily La Razón , and Claudia Benavente , the newspaper’s editor in chief, were called to testify at a court in La Paz in relation to an article titled “How the maritime lawsuit won out over the idea of... MORE
May 29, 2014

Court orders Bolivian newspaper to reveal sources

A Bolivian judge earlier this month ordered a journalist and editor in chief to reveal the sources behind a recent investigative article, despite provisions guaranteeing source confidentiality in the country’s press law. “A source has never been revealed in this country,” said Juan León Cornejo, president of the National Press Association (ANP). “We would not know what to do if this were to happen. This ruling does not have the intent of finding out the sources but rather scare and threatened... MORE
April 22, 2011

Bolivia: Journalist found dead on La Paz street, killed by explosive device

The body David Niño de Guzmán , a journalist who had been missing since April 19, was found april 22 in La Paz. An explosive charge was apparently used to kill him. Residents in the area where the body was found heard an explosion in the early hours of the morning after he disappeared, the police chief said, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Niño was the head of Agencia de Noticias Fides (ANF), Bolivia’s oldest and most important news agency. Aged 42... MORE
October 11, 2010

Bolivia: Adopted unchanged, anti-racism law’s media clauses will need judicious enforcement

The bolivian law against racism was approved by the senate on October 8 and was immediately promulgated by President Evo Morales. The senate adopted the lower house’s version of the law without any changes despite major protests by media and journalists’ organisations against two articles that make it an offence for the press to publish racist comments or statements that incite racism, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The protests have continued... MORE
November 30, 2007

Bolivia: Journalists, media outlets harassed, threatened during protests

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 27 November 2007, supporters of a regional prefect who oppose the national government threatened journalists of the radio stations Digital and Pando for reporting negatively about the regional strike they organized, which began that day in the town of Cobija, northern Bolivia, according to information provided by the Governmental News Agency (Agencia Gubernamental de Noticia, ABI). The demonstrators arrived at the headquarters of both stations in order to intimidate the... MORE
June 13, 2007

Reporters' working conditions becoming increasingly difficult under Evo Morales

As Bolivia undergoes massive political changes, its media is also going through tumultuous times. Bolivia's unstable political situation, widespread civil unrest, and weak rule of law present serious long-term threats to journalists amid the broader perspective of human rights. Observers see Bolivia’s current situation as a make or break situation for the Bolivian media, who seem to be the scapegoat for the massive unrest brewing. Bolivia is all set for a referendum for its citizens in August... MORE