Pakistan Press Foundation condemns attack on Argentinian press team
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over attack on Argentinian press team by the supporters of an official at Brazilian airport.
Quoting the information from Foro de Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of Argentine Republic said, Quote “a three-member team of Todo Noticias (TN) news channel including reporter Ignacio Otero, cameraman Marcelo Funes and camera assistant Martín Magaldi , who were attempting to conduct an interview on 31 December 2013 with the head of the Argentinian Federal Revenue Administration, Ricardo Echegaray, in Río de Janeiro, Brazil international airport, was attacked by supporters of Echegaray. The journalists were attacked and threatened at the entrance to the central hall of the Galeão International Airport, while the police officers were not present there to help them. Funes’ left eye was injured in the incident. Otero said that despite being witness to the incident, Echegaray did nothing. He said that the person who had lead the attackers was Jorge Lambiris, owner of the TWA Transportes company. The TN team was in Río de Janeiro doing a report on the work that Echegaray & a group of about 10 family members, was developing in Brazil”.
PPF condemns attacks on the TN team of journalists and demanded of the concerned authorities to take notice of the incident and put an end to these actions against journalists exercising their freedom of expression.
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