CPJ calls on Argentinian authorities to conduct a speedy and transparent investigation into the attack on the home of journalist Carlos Walker, and hold those responsible to account.
This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 30 January 2020.
Walker told CPJ that he covers local politics and has recently written about the licensing of nightclubs in the area. He said he could not speculate about a reason for the shooting, and said he had not received any threats “except for the regular stuff that happens on social media.”
“Argentinian authorities should promptly investigate the shooting of Carlos Walker’s home, determine if he was targeted for his journalism, and hold those responsible to account,” said CPJ Central and South America Program Coordinator Natalie Southwick in New York. “Authorities must ensure that journalists can report safely and without fear that they will be attacked for their work.”
The attack was captured by the building’s security cameras, and Walker posted a video on Twitter, which shows two individuals with their faces covered approaching the entrance gate of the complex, firing several rounds, and fleeing on foot. There are nine units in his building, he said.
CPJ called the police of the General Pueyrredon Municipality, which covers Mar del Plata, but no one answered the phone.