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Journalist kidnapped for several hours

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 5 October 2008, the host of Radio Perijá's "Contacto con la realidad" programme, Carlos Farías, was kidnapped for several hours by three unidentified armed individuals in La Villa del Rosario, municipality of Rosario de Perijá, Zulia state. Farías' assailants pushed him into a van and drove around the area while they assaulted and threatened him.

A complaint was filed with the National Journalists' Association's Zulia branch, as well as the Institute for Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas, CICPC) and the Public Prosecutor's Office.

The kidnapping took place after the journalist criticised the regional government on his programme.

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