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Daughter of murdered journalist gunned down in Guatemala

August 2, 2016

The daughter of a Guatemalan journalist murdered in June was herself fatally shot on Tuesday in her hometown of Coatepeque, police said.

Lindaura Aceituno, 36, died after being taken to hospital with several bullet wounds.

She was shot by unidentified assailants on a motorbike as she was in her car with her young daughter.

The girl was also wounded but was in a stable condition.

On June 25, Aceituno’s father, Alvaro Aceituno Lopez, 65, was shot dead in the same town by attackers in a car.

He was the director of a local radio station and managed a news program.

Police did not immediately advance any motive for Tuesday’s killing, or say whether they believed the two murders were linked.

Guatemala is one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries, with around 6,000 murders a year, many of them linked to gang violence.

So far this year, five journalists have been violently killed and dozens have been assaulted or threatened.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.