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Journalist's home targeted with homemade explosive

(FOPEA /IFEX) - FOPEA strongly condemns the attack with a low intensity explosive on the home of journalist Edgardo Esteban. The attack took place on 11 September 2008 at 3:50 a.m. (local time).

Esteban is a member of FOPEA's board of directors and is also a correspondent in Buenos Aires for the Telesur television chain. In the middle of the night, the journalist and his family were startled by an explosion at the door of their home in the San Isidro area of Buenos Aires province, near Argentina's capital, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. According to information provided by a private security guard, the explosive was thrown from a vehicle whose occupants were waving the Argentine flag. Esteban filed a complaint with the Buenos Aires Police and the police were able to determine that the explosive was homemade and of low intensity.

Esteban has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has also dedicated himself to documenting the stories of soldiers who fought in the 1982 Malvinas (Falklands) War. Esteban himself fought in the war as it took place when he was completing his compulsory military service. He has written critically about the suffering of Argentine soldiers who fought in the war and, as a result, has made himself an enemy of extreme right wing groups in the country. Recently, he discovered that his movements were being videotaped.

FOPEA calls on the local and national authorities to implement all the necessary measures to ensure that the journalist is not subjected to this type of threat again.

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