By Alejandro Martínez
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, December 17, 2012
The thieves only took the computer, which contained material Wiebel was using to follow up on his recent book, “Asociación Ilícita: los archivos secretos de la dictadura" ("Illicit Association: the secret archives of the dictatorship"), reported the web portal Terra. Twenty-four hours before the robbery, Weibel's car was also stolen. It turned up hours later after being completely dismantled, RSF said.
Two congressmen from Chile's communist party said the incident was a "persecution" against Weibel and called for an investigation, radio station Nuevo Mundo reported. RSF said the crime "was no ordinary robbery" and called for the protection of the journalist and his family.
Weibel is co-founder and president of the South American Union of Foreign Correspondents' Associations, a journalist with German news agency DPA and an RSF correspondent. He's also the son of José Weibel, a communist leader in Chile who was detained and disappeared during the dictatorship years.