Bogota, Aug 6 (IANS/EFE) A journalist was wounded by attackers who struck at a community radio station in Colombia’s Arauca province, which borders Venezuela.
The Sarare Estereo radio station in Saravena is the same station that employs a female reporter and an environmental engineer who were kidnapped two weeks ago by the National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas, Colombia’s Press Freedom Foundation, or FLIP, said.
Paola Osorio, a journalist and presenter, was wounded when the attackers threw a grenade at the station last Friday around midnight, the FLIP said in a statement. The station was being protected by police at the time.
“The explosive detonated several meters (yards) from the station and wounded the presenter who was leaving the facility at that time,” the non-governmental organization said.
“A female journalist was slightly wounded (and) … the attack was against on-duty police,” Arauca police commander Col. Wilson Bravo told the FLIP.
Sarare Estereo has been the community’s voice in denouncing violent acts by the guerrillas, Emiro Goyeneche, the director of the station, which has been on the air for 17 years, told the FLIP.
Due to the nature of its work, the station receives regular threats against its journalists and facilities, Goyeneche said.