Three News Websites Hacked, Newspaper Publisher Bombed

By: Reporters Without Borders

The explosion of a home-made bomb outside the headquarters of the media company Copesa, publisher of the daily La Tercera, and cyber-attacks on three news websites during the past few days have punctured the non-existent dialogue between the government and the vast, student-led protest movement that has rocked Chile since the start of the year.

Amid mounting social tension and outbreaks of violence at the generally peaceful demonstrations, journalists are increasingly exposed to hostility and police repression. Reporters Without Borders fears a negative effect on the media and on the public debate that Chile badly needs.

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