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Journalists' association secretary general, Ángel Perozo, receives threat

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 March 2009, Ángel Perozo, secretary general of the National Journalists' Association (Colegio Nacional de Periodistas, CNP), reported having received a phone call from an unidentified person threatening to send three people to attack him if he did not stop requesting that the government speed up the investigations of attacks against journalists of the State of Carabobo, in north central Venezuela.

Perozo stated that his request refers to the attack against Televen correspondent Ruth Lara Castillo, by the Minister for Public Works and Housing, Diosdado Cabello; and the assaults against 13 journalists who were beaten up by government supporters in the State of Carabobo's Legislative Council in December 2008. This investigation is at a standstill in the Public Prosecutor's Office.

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