Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Wilfred Iván Ojeda
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Wilfred Iván Ojeda, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a7eb.html [accessed 23 May 2015]|
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May 17, 2011, in La Victoria, Venezuela
Ojeda, 56, a political columnist with the daily El Clarín and a longtime activist with the opposition Democratic Action Party, was found in a vacant lot, shot in the head, gagged, hooded, and with his hands tied, according to local investigators.
The journalist's vehicle was found 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the scene. The daily El Nacional said Ojeda was driving the previous afternoon when his vehicle was intercepted by unidentified assailants. His belongings did not appear to have been taken, the police said.
Local journalists said Ojeda's columns focused on local politics. Venezuelan prosecutors said they were considering the victim's journalism as a possible motive, local press reports said.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.