Thursday, February 16, 2017

DomRepublic Radio: Motive Sought For Broadcasters' Murder

Authorities in the Dominican Republic should establish a motive in the murder of radio journalists Luis Manuel Medina and Leónidas Martínez and prosecute all those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. The two radio journalists were shot and killed yesterday during a Facebook Live broadcast at the HICC 103.5 FM located in the southeastern city of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic.

Medina, a presenter for the news program Milenio Caliente, was killed in the recording booth while filming a broadcast on Facebook Live. Before the video abruptly ends, gunshots can be heard along with a voice shouting, "Shots, shots, shots." A gunman also shot and killed Martínez, a director and producer at the radio station, and a secretary at the station, Dayana García, is in serious condition after being shot in the stomach, according to a United Press International report.

Medina reported on politics and social issues and had recently denounced pollution in Laguna Mallén, a protected lake in San Pedro de Macorís. He was also the official announcer for the Estrellas Orientales baseball team, the report said.

A spokesperson for the police office in San Pedro de Macorís told CPJ that police could not release details about the investigation or a possible motive. At least 12 individuals have been interviewed, according to the spokesperson. Three men have been arrested in relation to the case but have not yet been charged.

At least three journalists have been killed in direct retaliation for their work in the Dominican Republic since CPJ began recording statistics in 1992, according to CPJ research.

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