Journalist attacked after reporting on police officers
The journalist told IPYS that as he was waiting at a bus stop to go back home after work, one of his attackers distracted him while the other took his belongings, which were in a belt pack he had tied to his waist. Rodríguez stated that he had never before been the victim of a robbery and that this one seemed suspicious.
The journalist has been the victim of attacks and harassment since 25 November 2011 when he started publishing the reports about the four police officers. The policemen appear to be connected to a motorcycle-taxi driver gang, as well as car traffickers.
In fact, in December 2011 two of the officers, Santy Daniel Hidalgo Traverso and Tessy Perales Córdova, filed a lawsuit against the journalist with the Sixth Division of the Superior Court of Justice of Junín. Rodríguez feels outraged that the suit has been admitted even though both his accusers are facing criminal lawsuits themselves.
On 30 November 2011, "El Sol de los Andes"' press room was attacked by a crowd of people related to the police officers. The violent incident caused damage to doors, windows and some equipment.