U.S. photographer detained during protest in Santiago

24.02.2012 - Santiago - Pressenza IPA

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m. near the Parque Almagro in
Santiago Central. Suder and the other detainees were taken to the nearby
Third Commissary precinct—also in Santiago Central. Police later revealed
that he was detained for what is known as *“identity control,”* which means
they were simply checking his identification.

*The Santiago Times* condemns his detention as a direct attack on press
freedom. The action continues to show that the state of press freedom in
Chile remains perilous—even after Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter
removed a portion of a law project that would have turned journalists into
police informants by allowing police and investigators to request the
voluntary surrender of media materials without prior warrant. This law
project is known as the *“Hinzpeter Law”* and seeks to criminalize various
forms of protests and the free expression of opinion.

Suder has since been released.

*The Santiago Times* is an English-language news site that aggregates and
translates local Spanish news and also provides independent original
reporting of news stories.

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