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Guatemala journalist and wife murdered

November 6, 2016

A Guatemalan TV journalist and his wife were murdered by gunmen who shot them as they rode a motorbike, police said Sunday.

Hamilton Hernandez, a presenter with a local cable station, was riding with his spouse Herlina Gonzalez through a forested area near the town of Coatepeque, southwest of the capital, when they were attacked.

The motives of the killings were not known, a police spokesman, Jorge Aguilar, told AFP.

A non-governmental organization, Centro Civitas, said it was the ninth murder of a journalist in Guatemala this year. It called 2016 a “terrible year” for the profession in the country.

Last year, the group counted four journalists’ murders.

Much of the violence in Guatemala has been blamed on a conflict between gangs and drug cartels that carry out murders, extortion and drug trafficking.

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