Argentina says journalists safe after one flees, fearing for life

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's cabinet chief on Monday said journalists could work safely in the country after the reporter who broke the news of the mysterious death of a state prosecutor fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life under the current government.
On Jan. 18, Damian Pachter was the first to report that prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, had been found dead in his apartment from a gunshot wound to the head.
The death of Nisman the day before he was to testify in Congress about his findings has rocked Argentina, sparking various conspiracy theories.
The flight of Pachter, who said his phones were tapped and he was being followed, is the latest twist in the tale.
"In Argentina there is total security for all journalists for them to carry out their profession in the name of freedom of expression," Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich told a regular news conference.
"For sure, there are strong tensions in terms of opinions ... but with the most absolute freedom of expression, and there is no type of obstacle for any reporter to express whatever he thinks."
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