A third journalist murdered in Guatemala in less than 4 days

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The Centre for Informative Reports on Guatemala between 2000 and 2015, 27 journalists have been killed. | Photo: EFE

The Guatemalan cameraman Giovanni Guido Villatoro (20) was shot dead Friday after an armed attack by motorists running outside the canal where he worked, becoming the third journalist killed in the country this week.

“Servicable roundly condemns the vile and cowardly murder of our friend, co-worker and journalist Armando Guido Villatoro, who excelled in channel (local) 14 for being a journalist devoted to his work,” the company said in a message posted on your Facebook account.The journalist was attacked while he was at work, in the municipality of Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, south of Guatemala, and died in the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security, where he was taken with gunshot wounds in the back, according to information provided by the bodies of emergency

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Guatemala media point to the fact a reprisal for the capture of a person when he allegedly collected 40,000 Quetzales (five thousand $ 125) and pay extortion to the cable company.

In Context
Giovanni Villatoro is the third journalist killed in four days. On Tuesday were killed in a similar attack journalists Federico Salazar, Radio New World, and Danilo Lopez, the newspaper Prensa Libre, as they walked in the central square of the city of Mazatenango, municipality Suchitepéquez, south-western Guatemala.In fact also injured another journalist, Marvin Tunches, who works on a local television channel. It was learned that the double murder were arrested the suspect, Artemio de Jesús Ramírez Torres, alias “El Barbas” (29), and a suspect to cooperate, Sergio Cardona Reyes (31).

In Guatemala homicide leaves a daily balance of 16 victims. Half of the crimes are associated with groups fighting for territory between drug trafficking and gang members.

The Centre for Informative Reports on Guatemala (CERIGUA), the organization that oversees the protection of journalists, produced a report which revealed that between 2000 and 2015 there have been 27 murders of journalists, four in 2013 and three in what far in 2014.Do not let reading: Mexico: 32 activists and journalists killed in four years