The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) on Tuesday expressed its concern about the excessive and inappropriate reaction of Aníbal Fernández against the graphic humorist Cristian Dzwonik, known as Nik.
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The Security Minister attacked Nik on his Twitter account, who on October 8 questioned in a tweet the government’s decision to give away household appliances and linked it to the mid-term elections to be held on November 14.
The cartoonist considered the message “A veiled threat” and said he was afraid after the tweet from the minister, who spread the name of the school where Nik’s youngest daughters attend.
The president of the IAPA, Jorge Canahuati, also from the OPSA group, from Honduras, and the president of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, from the Argentine newspaper La Voz del Interior, expressed their solidarity with Nik.
They both stressed that no one should feel intimidated by expressing their opinions or to disagree on official policies.
Canahuati and Jornet expressed that it is contradictory that the threats or attacks come from the person who must ensure the safety of all citizens.
The SIP, which is based in Miami, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of press freedom and of expression in the Americas and is made up of more than 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere.
After the controversy generated, the official offered his apologies in case the comedian had felt threatened.
With information from EFE.