Bolivia political turmoil, former President Morales in exile in Mexico, temporary President Ainiz took office, tension continued, many reporters were attacked, accused of sedition . The International Broadcasting Association has called for the safety of journalists.
Evo Morales, the Bolivian left-wing president, was accused of fraud in the general election in October this year, triggering a large-scale demonstration, and he stepped down to exile in Mexico. Jeanne Anez, deputy speaker of the opposition Senate, took the interim president on the 12th, but the supporters of both sides continued to confront each other. Street violence protests still cannot be calmed down.
According to Argentine media reports, many international media workers, including the Argentine media, violently attacked the streets of La Paz during the political crisis in Bolivia. Many people even roar in front of the camera, threatening reporters to roll back to their country.
Bolivian Interim Government Communications Minister Roxana Lizárraga said on the 14th that many journalists, including Bolivian journalists and foreign journalists, reported sedition laws and threatened to investigate journalists involved in demonstrations and took necessary measures. .
The media pointed out that according to the Bolivian sedition law, the person involved can be sentenced to imprisonment for one to two years.
Argentine TV Telefé photographer Lucio Gómez was attacked on the 13th during the demonstration. He posted a video on Twitter that the reporter was forced to stay in the hotel and was accused of sedition by the Bolivian interim government for security. The team will evacuate as soon as possible within a few hours.
Another Argentine TV station, América TV reporter Rolando Graña and producers, were also attacked by people on the streets of La Paz. The reporter of the television station Crónica deliberately broadcast live, was threatened by the demonstrators, and was even chased to the hotel by a group of mobs. The rest of the attacked media also included TN TV.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri asked the Bolivian government to provide security for Argentine journalists. Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie also contacted the Argentine Embassy in Bolivia to assist the safety of journalists in Argentina.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned that since the Bolivian election, Morales has resigned as president, the Bolivian press has been attacked, and many journalists have been forced to work because of security.
RSF said that about 30 threats against the Bolivian press have been recorded since the October 20 election, including intimidation, telephone harassment, physical assault or equipment robbing reporters; and radio and television stations have been set on fire.
The International Broadcasting Association (AIB) also issued a statement on the 14th, paying close attention to Bolivia’s violence against media reporters, and called on the interim government and security forces to ensure the freedom of journalists to engage in news activities.