24 July 1996


Belgian journalist Thierry Jonard and recording technician Juan Ozuna assaulted

On 20 July 1996, Thierry Jonard, a correspondent for the French-
language Radio-Television Belgium (RTBF), and recording
technician Juan Ozuna were assaulted by a group of armed men
while they were filming a documentary in the region of Venustiano
Carranza, in the state of Chiapas. The two were wounded in the
head and the face. They were taking footage of the local
population when a group of approximately forty armed men
assaulted them, stealing two cameras and a battery in the
process. According to the journalists, a military post was
stationed nearby; however, the soldiers who witnessed the
incident failed to intervene. A few hours later, the journalists
went to San Cristobal de las Casas to report the assault.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • indicating that the assault constitutes a serious attack on
    press freedom
  • urging that they do everything so that the journalists are able
    to resume working safely and so that an investigation be
    undertaken to identify those responsible

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Ernesto Zedilla de Leon
    President of the Republic of Mexico
    Fax: +525 271 1764

    Antonio Lozano Garcia
    Attorney General (federal)
    Reforma y Jaime Nuno
    Box 06300
    Mexico, D.F., Mexico
    Fax: +525 625 7642

    Please copy appeals to the originator if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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