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Argentina: Intimidation of TV Journalist Heightens Press Freedom Concerns
In response to a series of anonymous threats against Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“We see a worrying deterioration in Argentina in the conditions that media faces, and in the protection of free expression,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “The threats and intimidation targeting Jorge Lanata reflect broader challenges for journalists, political leaders, and others who expose high-level government corruption. Freedom House calls on Argentine authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the alleged wrongdoing documented by Lantana.”
Argentine journalist and TV host Jorge Lanata received three anonymous threats against his safety on August 3 – including bullets left at the entrance of his house – a day after broadcasting a report alleging links between government officials and a drug trafficking group. Lanta is host of a news program on the network El Trece.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.