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Blogger told to "remain silent" in online death threat

(Fundamedios/IFEX) - On the evening of Wednesday 25 July 2012, blogger and twitter user Pablo Villegas was threatened by an unidentified person through a comment published in his personal blog "Con voz y sin voto".

The three-paragraph-long threat was uploaded around 22:43 in the comments section of a blog post entitled "Social networks in Banania" by a user who identified himself using the pseudonym "Con respeto".

Part of the threat said: "To remain silent is many times better, especially when you have children who can suddenly suffer an apparent 'death'. For a father the family is the most cherished thing, isn't it??? (...) sometimes it is better to know where we are speaking, I hope your last conversation in the restaurant didn't go all that badly".

The threat ends with the warning "if you defend your family so much take care for their sake because in a government like this one anything can happen and I would be sad if you had to go out to demonstrate, although a demonstration would not return a child to you, or would it?"

Villegas reported that the Ministry of the Interior had condemned the threat via twitter and would be providing him with protection until the necessary investigations are carried out.

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