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Guatemala

Danilo Zapón López, Federico Salazar

10 March 2015

Gunmen on motorbike shot dead Danilo Zapón López, a eporter for Prensa Libre newspaper and Federico Salazar who worked for Radio Nuevo Mundo as they walked in the park in Mazatenango city, Southern Guatemala, according to reports. Their colleague Marvin Israel Túnchez, a reporter for cable news television showOptimo 23, was also injured in the shooting.

Danilo Zapón López had denounced corruption in the local administration and his killing came one day after the Mayor of San Lorenzo municipality had publicly threatened him over his reporting.

Lopez’s colleagues said that shortly before his murder, he told friends that he was afraid and tensions were running high, reports added.