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IAPA releases videos on risks for journalists in tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

(IAPA/IFEX) - Miami, January 5, 2011 - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is showing a series of videos on the impact of violence and the risks that journalists face in the area known as the tri-border zone, where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.

On the IAPA's YouTube channel, seven videos of interviews with six reporters who cover the region have been posted. In the videos, the journalists discuss the dangers, threats and obstacles they face when reporting the news in the area.

"The fear that something might happen to your family is the biggest influence on how you exercise freedom of the press and self-censorship," said Juan Augusto Roa, correspondent for ABC Color in the Paraguayan province of Itapúa.

The interviews were conducted by Clarinha Glock, Brazilian investigative reporter with the IAPA's Rapid Response Unit, during the 1st International Meeting of Journalists in the Tri-Border Zone, held in late November in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

In the tri-border area, where the three countries are separated only by streets and bridges, merchandise and arms smuggling reign, along with drug trafficking and other crimes, sustained by the high degree of corruption, impunity and absence of justice. Within this setting, few journalists are prepared to report on what is going on, out of fear of becoming victims of threats and attacks, and so they resort to self-censorship.

Others, as in the case of Andrés Colmán Gutiérrez, of the Paraguayan newspaper Ultima Hora, fear that if the government does not take strong action against organized crime the assaults and murders that are occurring in Mexico could be reproduced here.

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