Bolivia - Alerts
A number of journalists and camera operators were assaulted while trying to cover protests by police officers demanding higher pay.
Radio Vanguardia, owned by the workers at the Empresa Minera Colquiri, was the target of three explosions in one night. One of its journalists told RSF: “We were in the studio when a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse was thrown on to the roof and the rear walls of the building."
Rogelio Peláez was convicted of "defamation and libel" for his use of metaphors in articles about a lawyer who had collected excessively high legal fees.
IPI is dismayed that President Morales considers the media to be his opposition and, therefore, instead of condemning attacks against critical press, seems to leave his followers free to "react against the lies," which has at times resulted in violence.
Leopoldo Ibarra sustained eight stab wounds and a beating for what he says was retaliation for his coverage of local trade organisations.
A group of residents from the community of Choré dismantled and destroyed equipment belonging to the Yapacaní community radio station and Canal 8 television station.
Journalist Mónica Oblitas has been receiving threats since reporting on a corruption case in April 2011.
Mónica Oblitas has received repeated death threats after publishing an exposé on corruption within the Institute of Forensic Investigations.
According to a Public Prosecutor's Office investigation, David Niño de Guzmán died as a result of injuries caused by the detonation of a bomb that he himself manufactured.
Richard Romero Cossío was accused of "insult to authorities" for selling a video about the president's activities as the head of a coca growers association.
One of the laws being debated would require media outlets to broadcast every speech by President Evo Morales and another would ban media from conducting interviews or voicing opinions concerning the appointment of judges.
The body of journalist David Niño de Guzmán, news director at Agencia de Noticias Fides (ANF), was found on a street in the outskirts of La Paz on 21 April 2011.
Journalist Jaqueline Rojas was pulled out of her vehicle and kicked to the ground while reporting on illegal land claims.
Journalist José Luis Patuy, of the Red Uno television station, was able to locate and interview a key witness who was believed to be out of the country.
The threats against Carlos Torres, a correspondent with radio Panamericana, are similar to another death threat he received on 3 January 2011.
According to Carlos Torres, the threat he received is linked to a campaign that journalists initiated calling for modifications to an anti-discrimination law.
IAPA expresses its full support for journalists and news media outlets that have recently held demonstrations to demand greater guarantees of press freedom.
Camera operator Johnny Bazán had to be taken to the emergency ward of a medical center after being hit in the head.
Supporters of the ousted mayor of Sucre struck, hurled insults and threw sticks and firecrackers at three Canal 7 Televisión Boliviana journalists.
The mayor of Santa Cruz de la Sierra threatened Pablo Calucho when the journalist attempted to ask him a question about the occupation of public spaces by street vendors in the municipality.