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Journalist from state radio station beaten by student leader and union leader in Tarija

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 11 April 2007, journalist Mario Fernández, a correspondent for the state-owned radio station Red Patria Nueva of the city of Tarija, in southern Bolivia, was beaten by a student organisation leader and a union leader while he was interviewing a group of female peasants.

The journalist identified two of his assailants: student leader Jaro Flores and union leader Walter Mogro. According to Fernández, he was beaten for working for a state owned media outlet, something which, in the eyes of his assailants, marks him a government supporter.

The journalist filed a complaint with the town police and with the Public Prosecutor's office.

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