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Venezuelan newspaper journalist assaulted by Maicao merchants

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 16 February 2008, journalist Daniela Bracamonte Rodríguez, correspondent in Colombia for the Venezuelan newspaper "Panorama", was hit and insulted by a group of merchants when she was working on a report on the lack of certain basic foodstuffs on the border area between Colombia and Venezuela. The incident took place in Maicao, Guajira department, northern Colombia.

While the merchants were hitting her they also accused her, without any grounds for doing so, of causing the food scarcity. The police stopped them from lynching her.

Bracamonte was taken to the town's police station and later to the Administrative Security Department (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad, DAS), where she was questioned. She was then released and her camera returned to her.

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