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Two individuals arrested following investigation into sabotage of radio station; mayor of Santa Cruz assaults journalist Marcia Cedeño

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders today noted the arrest on 3 March 2009 of two suspects, Juan Carlos and Saul Herrero Abrego, in the investigation into the sabotage of Radio Rurrenabaque radio station, on 4 September 2008, in the department of Beni, northeastern Colombia. The two brothers are reportedly members of the Beni Civic Committee that abducted and held a journalist from the public radio network Red Patria Nueva during a wave of violence in the autonomous regions (see the release of 15 September 2008 - http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=28550 ).

Elsewhere, Reporters Without Borders condemned as shameful the behaviour of Percy Fernández, the mayor of Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia, who insulted and assaulted journalist Marcia Cedeño, of the privately-owned Unitel television station, during a press conference on 2 March 2009. A week earlier, Fernández behaved similarly towards a photographer.

Updates the Radio Rurrenabaque case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/97012

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