Journalists from Argentina and the region expressed solidarity through a statement with six colleagues who were attacked by social networks and threats by telephone after publishing the investigation “The conservative reaction” about an “international network associated with the alt-right or de-democratizing right”. As reported, the attack also included the dissemination of the personal data of Ingrid Beck, Florencia Alcaraz, Paula Hernández, Soledad Vallejos (a journalist for PáginaI12), Paula Rodríguez and Juan Elman, and a hack into the site where the work was published.
In a statement entitled “The conservative reaction against the right to information”, which already collected more than 900 signatures, journalists from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and El Salvador expressed their concern about the “harassment unleashed for doing journalism”, at a time when the profession is in crisis and “It is pulled by the operations of media companies, whose contents often do not have informational rigor and do with corporate interests.”
As they explained, the investigation that was the reason for the attack was carried out with the resources of data journalism and the purpose of “Democratize information about a relatively new movement in the country, that resorts to also novel political strategies ”.
“Our colleagues investigated this international network associated with the alt-right or democratizing right. The mere fact of revealing the map of articulations, their dynamics, their support organizations and their protagonists earned them a intimidation rarely seen in networks and even the condemnation of a political party (Together for Change), some of its members investigated for illegal espionage from the State ”, they denounced.
The harassment they carry out “is a true expression of what they think about press freedom,” they continued, while recalling that “everything published is publicly accessible, documented information about events that happened and can be checked.”
“It also strikes us that some colleagues do not want to understand the difference between surveillance and open data and that they fall into the reproduction of the framework that these right-wing ideologies give to research: They are not lists, it is a sociogram; It is not espionage, it is journalism; it is not made from the State, but from the office of investigating “, the statement ends.