Press group concern over ETA threats to journalists

21st October 2004, Comments 0 comments

21 October 2004, PARIS.- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed "serious concern" Thursday in a letter to Spanish authorities regarding the threats that journalists in Spain have received recently from the Basque terrorist group ETA.

21 October 2004

PARIS.- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed "serious concern" Thursday in a letter to Spanish authorities regarding the threats that journalists in Spain have received recently from the Basque terrorist group ETA.

The watchdog organisation said in a letter to Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso that the nation's authorities needed to ensure the safety of journalists.

It said: "ETA has resumed its terror campaign against media who do not cover international politics or the situation in the Basque country to their liking.

"We urge the Spanish authorities once again to put in place all the necessary measures to protect journalists and allow them to work normally."

A journalist with the daily El Mundo and several others working for the Basque television and radio network ETB recently received threatening letters from ETA.

In a letter to one of the Basque journalists, ETA said that his work was "not good" and accused him of being a "police officer" and an "informer".

"You use the word terrorist to refer to ETA and its members. You encourage police operations and you are in favour of a police solution to the conflict," ETA said in the letter.

"You express your joy when ETA members are tortured or kidnapped. You stir up people against the Basque National Liberation Movement (MLNV)."

Spain is the only country in the European Union where journalists targeted by ETA are always accompanied by bodyguards, RSF said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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