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Padraig Reidy: When defenders attack!
25 Nov 09

Miguel Angel Carmona, a Mexican photojournalist and director of the Fotovista agency, was physically and verbally assaulted by the Secretary of Government of Veracruz, Reynaldo Escobar Pérez, on 20 November, during a commemoration of the Mexican Revolution at the Government Palace in Xalapa, Veracruz (Gulf of Mexico).

According to local media, Escobar Pérez threw a punch at the reporter, shouting: “What have you got against me? Tell me who pays you for attack me.”

Reynaldo Escobar Pérez clearly takes his role as chair of the Veracruz Commission for the Defense of Journalists very seriously indeed.

By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.