*Daniel ENZ: editor of the weekly newspaper Análisis, based in Paraná, Entre Ríos, received a phone call threatening him and his family on 29 April 2009.
The call, which was received by an administrative assistant at the newspaper’s offices, warned Enz not to get involved with a named local businessman.
Enz had recently published an investigation that revealed that large amounts of money had been invested by the businessman, who is reportedly a former member of the Argentinian Air Force’s Cóndor Financial Administration Management in Buenos Aires.
He reported the threat to the local police, which ordered protection for the journalist and his family, as well as surveillance of his home and the paper’s offices.*Griselda GÓMEZ (f): writer and journalist for La Mañana newspaper, based in Córdoba, Córdoba province, was reportedly the target of two threatening phone calls on 15 January 2009.The calls were received by the paper’s security personnel minutes before Gómez arrived at the newspaper’s offices.The caller, who reportedly indentified himself as “Colonel Jiménez” and “Captain Gi.gena”, shouted and insulted Gómez, saying that “she knows what will happen (to her) because of what she has published.” Gómez said that she believed the threats were related to her work as a human rights activist and as writer rather than her work at the newspaper, where she writes for the ‘Entertainment’ section.In 2008, she published a book of poems entitled “Flores del Bien” (Flowers of Good) in honour of the grandmothers and mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (an association of women whose family members were disappeared during the military dictatorship).
Gómez reported the threats to the Third Court of the City of Córdoba Tribunal.*Renata MODESTO (f) and Marcos JUNQUEIRA: journalists for the newspaper Comercio da Franca.On 26 January 2009, the Court of Justice State in Franca, São Paulo state, informed the two reporters that it intended to comply with a prosecutor’s request to reopen proceedings against them for criminal defamation.The case dates back to December 2007, when the journalists were accused of damaging the honour of Franca’s chief of police.A Comercio de Franca report had alleged that the chief of police had insulted a police officer who was attempting to arrest a man accused of assault and thus abused his authority.The police chief began defamation proceeding against the journalists under the Press Law, which was enacted during the military dictatorship.