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Journalist receives ongoing death threats over reporting on drug-trafficking in Itapúa

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 14 May 2007, journalist Óscar Bogado, a correspondent for the newspaper "Última Hora", revealed that he has been receiving death threats by telephone. The threats began in January 2006 and he is still receiving them. According to Bogado, each of the threats was made immediately after he published an article about drug trafficking in the department of Itapúa, southern Paraguay.

On 16 May Bogado, with the newspaper's support, filed a complaint at the Miranda Police Station. The case has been sent to the region's Criminal Prosecutor (Fiscalía Penal), who has already ordered the police to provide ongoing protection for the journalist.

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