Chile

2005

Alerts   |   Chile

Radio reporter beaten by national police

New York, May 11, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists said today it was alarmed by reports that Chilean radio reporter Paola Briceño Verdina was beaten and improperly detained by national police agents after covering a student protest in Santiago last week. CPJ called on Chilean officials to investigate the attack and take action against those responsible.

Local press reports said a large number of university students gathered in Santiago on May 4 to protest a bill that would give private banks a role in the financing of higher education. The demonstration was peaceful at first, but students later clashed with police. Officers responded by firing tear gas and water canons to disperse the crowd.
May 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Chile

CHILE

MAY 4, 2005
Posted: May 17, 2005

Paola Briceño Verdina, Radio Bío-Bío
HARASSED, ATTACKED

Radio reporter Briceño Verdina was beaten and detained by national police agents after covering a student protest in Santiago. Local press reports said a large number of university students gathered in Santiago to protest a bill that would give private banks a role in the financing of higher education. The demonstration was peaceful at first, but students later clashed with police. Officers responded by firing tear gas and water canons to disperse the crowd.
May 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela

Attacks on the Press 2004: Americas Analysis

Overview
by Carlos Lauría

Journalists throughout the Americas came under increased attack in 2004 for reporting on political corruption, drug trafficking, and organized crime. Although democratic rights have been expanding in the region, press freedom has not always improved as a result.
March 14, 2005 11:56 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Chile

Attacks on the Press 2004: Chile

Chile

A protracted sex scandal that roiled Chile during 2004 highlighted the country's restrictive legal framework for journalists, as well as public officials' lack of tolerance for criticism in the media. In September 2003, businessman Claudio Spiniak was arrested and accused of leading a prostitution and pornography ring. Politicians, prominent businessmen, and a Roman Catholic bishop have also been accused of involvement.
March 14, 2005 11:39 AM ET

Letters   |   Chile

CPJ urges president to work toward elimination of desacato provisions

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that a bill to repeal the crime of desacato (disrespect) has been languishing in Congress for more than a year. We urge you to use the power of your office to expedite the elimination of these anachronistic provisions.

February 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET
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