Third Radio Station Attacked Due To Labor Unrest In Bolivia

Wednesday June 27 Reporters Without Borders reported the antenna for Radioemisoras Bolivia 1.450 Khz AM was dynamited and the community radio station based in Oruro was knocked off the air.

“We have had to suspend our broadcasts but we hope to be back on the air quite quickly,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Norka Herrera, one of the station’s eight journalists. Station manager Félix Condori said they had previously received threatening phone calls criticizing their reporting.

The wave of labour unrest took a disturbing turn when the police launched a mutiny to demand more pay and journalists in several cities became the targets of their anger. Media sources said Herrera is one of three journalists who police say have been “put on file.” The other two are Juan Mejía, a reporter for the privately-owned newspaper La Razón, and Radio Jacinto Rodríguez journalist José Luis Jaimes.

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