Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In Memoriam: Journalists Luís Manuel Medina and Leo Martinez

 Luís Manuel Medina

Duo Shot Dead In Dominican Republic During Facebook Live Stream

By Nick Visser 

Two radio journalists were shot dead in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday during a live broadcast streaming on Facebook, according to local media reports.

Luís Manuel Medina, a radio presenter at the station 103.5 HICC, and Leo Martinez, a producer and director, were killed in the attack. A secretary, Dayaba Garcia, was injured and had to undergo emergency surgery, according to the Guardian.

The outlet reports three men were arrested in the city of San Pedro de Macorís, about 50 miles from the capital, Santo Domingo. They have not yet been charged.

A video of the incident shows Medina reading the news as what appears to be gunshots ring out in the background. A woman can be heard yelling “Shots! Shots!” before the transmission ends, according to a translation from The Associated Press.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has only documented the murder of three reporters in the Dominican Republic since it began tracking such statistics in 1992. But journalists have faced harassment and death threats in recent years for their work. Four people said they were threatened after writing about an immigration debate in 2015. Government officials opened an investigation into the harassment, but no one was charged. 

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Source: The Huffington Post 

From The G-Man salutes the courage of the slain journalists and offers condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. May they forever rest in peace.  

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