Argentine-Israeli journalist Damian Pachter has fled to Israel and is suing the Argentinian state news agency and Aerolineas Argentinas airlines for endangering him by publishing his private flight data, after he first broke the news of attorney Alberto Nisman's death last month.
Nisman was found mysteriously dead after being shot in the head, just hours before he was to testify that Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was involved in covering up the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that Nisman proved was carried out by Iran and Hezbollah. Pachter's initial reports are thought to have broken up attempts to report the death as a suicide.
Pachter on Friday sued Telam news agency and Aerolineas Argentinas for publicizing details of his flight leaving Argentine, and in doing so "increasing the risk that Damian had at that moment" according to his lawyer in Argentina Javier Teitelbaum, reports Haaretz.
Explaining his escape to Israel, Pachter told TN news channel "I won’t come back to Argentina during the current government, and also I don’t know if I will return after."
In an article on January 24, Telam published details of Pachter's flight to Montevideo, Uruguay, adding that he had a return ticket to Montevideo for February 2.
Teitelbaum also filed a petition to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression David Kaye, requesting that security measures be granted to Pachter if he is asked to return to Argentina to testify regarding Nisman's death.