Another journalist in Guatemala has been murdered.
The murder of journalist Carlos Orellana Chávez in Guatemala brought strong condemnation by the Inter American Press Association, which urged the authorities to investigate this and other acts in a new wave of violence against the press in the Central American country.
The remains of Orellana Chávez, a 72-year-old journalist and radio announcer with several bullet wounds to the head and other parts of the body was discovered Monday in the town of San Bernadino, Suchitiepéquez province, in the southwest of the country.
In addition to the death of Chávez, the Inter American Press Association last week called for the solving of a criminal attack on journalist Fredy Rodas, which also occurred in Suchitiepéquez province, and another on Vernick Gudiel, head of the investigative team of the newspaper elPeriódico, whose home was shot at by unidentified assailants last Thrusday.
The killing of Chávez was initially speculated to be a car robbery. However, this hypothesis was discarded after the vehicle was found with two mobile phones some cash, and other personal objects belonging to the victim. According to the police, all that was missing was the firearm Chávez used to carry.
The person in charge of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Journalists, Elmer Yat, said that “we are giving priority to the theory that the attack was due to the victim’s work as a journalist.”
With more than 25 years on the radio Chávez hosted the program De la radio a la television “From Radio to Television” on the cable channel Óptimo 23, in which he denounced corruption in Suchitiepéquez. He had also served as the mayor of Mazatenango from 2000 to 2004.
The Guatemala Journalists Association condemned this new incident and recalled the murder this year of three other journalists: Luis de Jesús Lima on Aug. 6, Luis Alberto Lemus Ruano on April 7 and Napoleón Jarquín Duarte on March 20.