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Radio station fired upon following threats allegedly received from pro-government group

(RSF/IFEX) - Shots were fired against the headquarters of Radio Marabina 1420 AM in Zulia state, western Venezuela, on the night of 15 July 2008, but no injuries were reported. Witnesses said they saw two people on a motorbike fire 11 times on the front of the building at around 10.30 p.m. (local time), before riding off. The station's director, Sonsiret Rodríguez, said that a journalist at the station who heads the programme "Free Expression" had received threats the previous evening from a group claiming to be pro-government. She added that she filed a complaint about the incident. The programme hosts pointed out that the programme has a focus on the community, not political issues.

RSF condemned the attack and called for a prompt investigation to shed light on the circumstances and find those responsible.

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