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Sports journalist assaulted at university campus in Oaxaca

(CEPET/IFEX) - The following is a 17 September 2007 statement from CEPET, an interim member of IFEX:

Sports journalist mistreated in Oaxaca

México, 17 September 2007 - David Carreño, a reporter for "Boom" magazine, was mistreated on 16 September 2007 by an unidentified individual after asking for information about the dismantling of a football field at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca (Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, UABJO), in southern Mexico.

"I went there simply to request information about whether they were going to assemble the field, or move it to another site, and was not even taking photographs. But I was received by an aggressive man who began to pull on my camera and shove me, forcing me to leave," Carreño told CEPET.

The reporter added that the assailant, about 35 years old, of medium height, with black hair and a goatee, threatened him, warning him, "if you show your face here again, you'll be sorry . . . ," then criticising and hitting him.

Carreño, who also directs "Boom", Oaxaca's only sports magazine, filed a complaint with the director of physical education and sports at the university, Juan Velasco Calderón, who was horrified about the incident and promised to demand that the assailant, allegedly the "person in charge of the university's sports fields", be punished.

On 13 September, the newspaper "Noticias, Voz e Imagen", also based in Oaxaca, had published an article by reporter Julio Sánchez León, regarding the completely neglected state of the sports unit of the UABJO, Oaxaca's most important university.

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