Political and social unrest in 2005 saw the forced resignation of President Carlos Mesa in June, in a row over nationalisation of gas reserves, and his replacement by former supreme court judge Eduardo Rodríguez until the December election of coca farmers' leader Evo Morales. The media was not affected by this instability and remained free. However, Bolivisión TV cameraman José Luis Conde was beaten on 28 April by officers of the La Paz military college where he had gone to film a ceremony, and reporter Freddy Calderón, of the TV station ATB canal 9, was physically attacked in Oruro on 22 July by drug traffickers he disturbed during a road accident.


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