On the evening of April 12, 2009, Raphael Ramírez, editor of
the national daily La Prensa,
received two anonymous calls at his home in
Morales told CPJ that he and Ramírez had received threats in December 2008 after the publication of an article implicating the president and at least one of his ministers in the transportation of contraband on December 9, 2008. Over the course of two weeks, repeated calls were made to La Prensa's newsroom stating that they knew where Morales and Ramírez lived. The callers warned the journalists that they should stop investigating the corruption case. According to Morales, his colleague received several similar calls at home.
Morales said that although he and Ramírez never made an official complaint, the paper was granted police protection for two months. The director told CPJ that the paper's administration informed local authorities about the threats.
On April 13, Andrés Rojas, news director for the El Alto-based television channel Canal de Televisión Virgen de Copacabana, told local reporters that he had left his position as a result of several death threats against him and his family that week. According to local and international news reports, Rojas said he believes the threats are linked to the station's critical reporting on local social organizations.