The headquarters of independent media outlet Resumen Latinoamericano were robbed in what seems to be one more in a series of attacks to censor dissident voices.
The Dawn News / January 5, 2017
On the night of December 31, 2016, the headquarters of independent media outlet Resumen Latinoamericano, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were robbed.
On the night of December 31, 2016, the headquarters of the independent media outlet Resumen Latinoamericano, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was robbed. All of the video equipment was stolen (one Lumix GH1 and one Lumix GH2 camera, with their respective lenses, which were used to make the TV show), along with several microphones, a sound recorder, audio cables, headsets, two photo cameras (a Nikon and a Cannon B60) and a film projector that was used for political training.
What was unusual about this robbery is that the perpetrators also took computer hard drives (which are almost worthless in comparison with other equipment they left untouched) that stored 10 years of journalistic labor. They also took memory drives from the video and photo cameras containing archives from the past few months. This, along with the fact that it was a very clean operation, raises suspicions about the motives of the robbers. The event could well be sabotage aimed at censoring dissident voices.
Last month, other two independent media outlets suffered similar attacks. Anfibia and Cosecha Roja, which shared premises, were robbed with equal precision.
The director of Resumen Latinoamericano, Carlos Aznárez, has stated to The Dawn that they will continue carrying on their journalistic labor no matter what. “They want to silence us, but our commitment is stronger. We will continue reporting for the people of America, with an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, socialist and feminist view”, he said.
Resumen Latinoamericano hasn’t stopped reporting for a second, despite the lack of equipment. They ask supporters of independent media to express their solidarity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting counter-hegemonic voices in media.
A press conference will be held Friday morning to inform the public about this situation and demand solutions.
For statements of solidarity and donations, please write to: [email protected]
Read the English version of Resumen Latinoamericano here.