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Two journalists found dead in Guatemala

February 2, 2018

The corpses of two Guatemalan journalists were found among cane fields with bullet wounds to the head and their hands and feet bound, authorities said Thursday.

The slain reporters, identified as Laurent Castillo and Alfredo de Leon, had recently disappeared and were discovered by farm workers near the municipality Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez in the Central American country’s south, said its human rights ombudsman Jordan Rodas.

The journalists had traveled to the nearby city of Mazatenango to cover a carnival celebration.

“I demand from authorities an immediate investigation to find those behind such a despicable act” of violence, Rodas said, demanding also that authorities implement protections for journalists.

On March 10, 2015 two other journalists were killed in the Mazatenango park.

Congressman Julio Juarez was arrested last month in connection with those deaths.

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