Afrique Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
Venezuela14 May 2008

Shots fired into offices of weekly paper that exposed corruption in Carabobo state

Reporters Without Borders today urged regional authorities to step up security after the offices of a weekly newspaper, Dicho y Hecho, which has been exposing corruption, came under fire in Bejuma, Carabobo state in north-central Venezuela.

No-one was hurt in the early-hours attack on 11 May but the interior of the premises was damaged and police found scores of impact points on the front of the building.

The editor, Ximena Escobar, said that the journalists were determined not to give way to this kind of intimidation. “They want to frighten us but we will not shut up”, she said. Dicho y Hecho, which was launched in 2002, has published a series of investigations into corruption in Bejuma.

“We fear that this attack may just be a prelude to more serious attacks, that could physically threaten the staff of Dicho y Hecho”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“We hope that the investigation by the regional authorities will quickly produce results and that it will take into account the sensitive issues the newspaper has recently been covering. We also suggest that the journalists involved should be provided with security”, it added.

In this country
29 May - Venezuela
Open letter to President Hugo Chavez to protest about official hounding of Globovisión
20 February - Venezuela
Former policeman arrested on suspicion of participating in journalist’s murder
13 February - Venezuela
Constitutional vote held in climate of polarised media and surfeit of presidential speeches
15 January - Venezuela
Murder attempt against pro-Chávez journalist in Portuguesa state
2 January - Venezuela
New Year’s Day attack on TV station by radical pro-Chávez group

in the annual report
Venezuela - Annual Report 2008
Venezuela - Annual report 2007
Venezuela - Annual report 2006

14 March 2008 - Cuba
No surrender by independent journalists, five years on from “black spring”
5 June 2007 - Venezuela
Closure of Radio Caracas Televisión consolidates media hegemony
22 May 2007 - Colombia
Paramilitary "black eagles" poised to swoop down on press

Americas press releases
3 June - United States
President Obama urged to raise freedom of expression in his Cairo speech
27 May - Mexico
Crime reporter abducted and killed in Durango state
20 May - Cuba
Anyone can browse the Internet... unless they are Cuban
15 May - Cuba
Journalist gets three-year jail sentence
15 May - Colombia
Former intelligence officials leak list of news media and journalists whose phones were tapped

Americas archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives

Sign the petitions
Miguel Galván Gutiérrez
Fabio Prieto Llorente
United States
Chauncey Bailey
A petition to Raúl Castro