Dominican journalist arrested and beated by police for demanding that the President starts promised works - President Leonel Fernandez’s security detail on Thursday arrested the journalist Jose Manuel Calderón for demanding several works for the province, the first such abuse of the media in the leader’s three terms in office.

The journalist, who was taken to the rural police station, was detained after he handed out leaflets prior to the chief executive’s arrival, in which he demanded works for his town.

Calderón was held for three hours and affirmed having been physically mistreated by police agents while in the precinct. He was released minutes after Fernandez’s departure, after inaugurating a housing complex

 However, the journalist of the local Channel 12, said despite his arrest he’ll continue to demand the construction of several works such as highways, local roads and homes, which the chief executive himself had promised for the province.

Calderón’s arrest in the barrio Villa Progreso sparked his colleagues’ reaction, who demanding his immediate release and expressed their concert of reprisals against him.


Note from Dominican Watchdog:

From this American Press Watchdog you can find more information about problems with the freedom of press in the Dominican Republic - follow link:


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