Journalist arrested for photographing Catholic complex

Alexander Arosemena, a photographer for La Prensa, was arrested for photographing the Vatican State’s new headquarters Panama City. The multi-million dollar complex which will house the residence of the Apostolic Nuncio has been built with funds from the Panamanian government.

The La Prensa photographer shot the headquarters from the opposite sidewalk, using a drone to capture the images. A statement from La Prensa said that neither the photographer nor the drone was on the church property.

The National Council of Journalism (CNP) lamented the arrest of Arosemena. “This act constitutes an attack on freedom of the press and of expression. Journalistic coverage should have no limits when public interest prevails“ said the guild.