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Globovisión reporters assaulted and thrown out of medical centre in Guacara

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 4 March 2009, Globovisión TV station journalist Janeth Carrasquilla, camera operator Saúl Arias and his assistant, Jesús Baptista, were hit and thrown out of a medical centre by a Health Department official. The incident occurred while the news team was attempting to cover the murder of a student in the municipality of Guacara, to the east of the State of Carabobo, in north-central Venezuela. The official's name is not known.

According to the journalists, when they arrived at the medical centre, the official insulted them, struck the camera and forced them to leave.

The team stayed outside the medical centre, protected by Guacara's Municipal Police. Patients and the student's relatives protested against the assault on the journalists and demanded that they be allowed to report on the case.

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