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Journalist attacked and threatened after reporting on drug trafficking

(RSF/IFEX) - Javiera López, who has reported on local drug trafficking for the privately-owned station NorTV, was punched and kicked by thugs on her way home in the northern city of Iquique on 23 October 2008. She had previously received repeated death threats by telephone, but said she never took them seriously. The attack came soon after she did a report on the drug situation in Jorge Inostroza, an outlying area of the city.

Reporters Without Borders, along with the Chilean Journalists Institute, has called for official protection to be available for López and colleagues reporting on the dangerous topic of drug trafficking. The organisation also said it hoped that those responsible for the attack would soon be found and punished.

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