Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Marco Antonio Estrada
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2010|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Marco Antonio Estrada, January 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649682c.html [accessed 18 September 2014]|
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June 6, 2009, in Chiquimula, Guatemala
An unidentified assailant fired four shots at Estrada, a local correspondent for the national television station Tele Diario, as he was getting off his motorcycle on a street in Chiquimula, 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of Guatemala City, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews.
Witnesses quoted in the local press said the gunman fled in a car that was parked at the scene of the crime. Amílcar Rodas Ruano, a reporter for Tele Diario, told CPJ that Estrada's cell phone had been taken in the 8 p.m. attack.
Estrada, 39, covered general assignments, which included stories on organized crime and drug trafficking. He had worked for more than 20 years as a journalist, local reporters told CPJ, covering Chiquimula for about half that time. His wife told local reporters that she did not know of any threats against him.