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Journalist dies of injuries inflicted during violent attack on radio station in Pucarani

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:

IFJ Condemns Killing of Journalist in Mob Violence Against Bolivian Radio Station

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the killing of Carlos Quispe, a journalist working for Radio Municipal in the city of Pucarani, about 40 kilometres west of La Paz, Bolivia, and called for the government to act quickly to find those responsible.

A group that opposes the mayor attacked the city's municipal building on March 27. The mob then moved on to the municipal radio station where they sacked the station and beat Quispe severely. He later died from his wounds in a hospital in La Paz.

The IFJ called for an investigation into the attack and for authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

"Local journalists are extremely vulnerable to violence," said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White. "This shocking and brutal assault on a journalist cannot go unpunished."

To read more information (in Spanish only) from the Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Journalists (FEPALC), see: http://www.ifj.org/pdfs/Bolivia040308FEPALC.pdf

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide.

Updates alert on Pucarani radio station attack: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/92273/

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