Journalist Covering Alberto Nisman's Death Flees Argentina for Israel, Fearing for His Safety

Damian Pachter flees after reporting gunshot death of Alberto Nisman the day before the federal prosecutor was to reveal explosive details on alleged cover-up deal between Argentina and Iran of 1994 Buenos Aires bombing.

AFP

A journalist credited with being the first to report the gunshot death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman has left Argentina because of fear for his safety. He is planning to take refuge in Israel, and is scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening.

Damian Pachter of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald left the country Saturday, the local journalism group Foro de Periodismo Argentino said. Pachter lives in Argentina but holds Israeli citizenship, and has written for Haaretz about Nisman's death.

The group said Pachter reported on Friday he was followed by unknown people and felt his safety was at risk but did not elaborate. 

In a statement, Pachter's employer said the journalist had not expressed his concerns to the newspaper and the organization was ready to help him in any way possible.

Nisman was found dead last Sunday, the day before he was to testify before congress about his explosive allegations that President Cristina Fernandez shielded Iranian officials wanted in the South American country's biggest terrorist attack.

In general, Argentina has a free press, with many organizations reporting on government officials and corruption in ways unimaginable in many Latin American countries.