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Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: José Luis Cabezas

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1998
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: José Luis Cabezas, January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64950e23.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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Noticias
January 25, 1997, in Pinamar, Argentina

Cabezas, a photographer for the news magazine Noticias, was found dead on January 25, handcuffed and charred, inside a burned rental car outside of Pinamar, a beach resort where Cabezas was working on a story. He was one of the first photojournalists to take a picture of Alfredo Yabrán, a well-known and reclusive tycoon described by a prominent politician as head of the Argentine mafia.

Cabezas' murder evoked memories of brutal killings in Argentina's "dirty war" of the 1980s and outraged journalists, who took to the streets in protest and pressured the government for a thorough investigation. The Justice Minister was forced to resign after it became known that he had received phone calls from Yabrán. Numerous arrests have been made in connection with the murder, including current and former police officers and Yabrán's security chief. Journalists covering the investigation have been threatened.

On February 2, 2000, the Dolores appellate court passed life sentences on eight men convicted of participating in the the killing. The court found that the murder had been masterminded by Yabrán, who committed suicide in 1998.

Medium:Print
Job:Photographer
Beats Covered:Crime
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Impunity:No
Taken Captive:Yes
Tortured:No
Threatened:No

 

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