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Photographer, cameraman assaulted, threatened for filming shopping mall fire

(SPP/IFEX) - The SPP condemns the mistreatment of journalists Diego Villasanti, cameraperson for television station Canal13 of Ciudad del Este, and Víctor Azcona, photojournalist with the Ciudad del Este-based newspaper "Vanguardia". Ciudad del Este is the capital of Alto Paraná department.

The journalists were assaulted by the manager of the "Nave Informática" merchandise warehouse on 15 July 2007, when they attempted to photograph and film the outbreak of a fire in the second floor of a shopping mall in Ciudad del Este. As they started shooting, their assailant confronted them and attempted to push them away, at one point grabbing Villasanti by the neck.

Later, accompanied by a security guard, the same individual demanded that Azcona erase the photographs he had taken, threatening that otherwise "his luck would turn bad."

The assailant has yet to be identified. SPP is calling for appropriate actions to be taken to ensure his proper punishment.

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