Photographer attacked by security forces

JUNE 30, 2006
Posted: July 17, 2006

Nicolás Revello, Tiempo Sur


Revello, a photographer for the Río Gallegos-based daily Tiempo Sur in the southern province of Santa Cruz, was attacked by local security forces while covering the arrest of soccer fans who were protesting after the national team was disqualified from the 2006 World Cup.

After protesters hurled stones at the British Club in Río Gallegos, Revello was attacked by two policemen. He was photographing riot police at the scene, the photographer told CPJ.

The officers insulted him, pushed him to the floor, and kicked him, even though he showed his press credentials. They also took away his digital camera.

Revello said that he was able to get his camera back after a local human rights activist intervened. The photographer complained to the local police chief, and provided photographs of his assailants that he took during the incident.