While not all that is said is true, not all that is truth is told.
By Fernando Andres Torres. LatinOPen
August 6, 2013.- The Latin American Federation of Journalists’ Commission to Investigate Crimes Against Journalists, informed today that Journalist Luis Lima, 64, director of Radio Sultana and Zacapa Magazine, was killed today in Zacapa in northeastern region about 150 kilometers from Guatemala’s capital.
According to a report by Elías Barahona, member of the commission, Lima was gunned down while driving to work. A veteran reporter with over 40 years in the profession, Lima “was much appreciated” in the region; one of the most violent departments of the country.
Lima is the third journalist killed this year in Guatemala. On March 20, Jose Napoleon Jarquín was killed in the southeastern province of Jutiapa and on April 9, the Vice President of the Association of Journalists, Luis Alberto Lemus Ruano, was assassinated in the same province. According to the report, the three crimes have gone unpunished even though, while a candidate, the President of the Republic General Otto Pérez Molina, pledged to respect press freedom and investigate such attacks.
Crimes against journalists have increased in Central America especially in Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras. “Journalism has become a dangerous profession”, said Chilean reporter and President of the commission Ernesto Carmona. In Honduras, according to the National Commissioner for Human Rights, Ramón Custodio, 28 journalists have been killed since 2010. The last case was that of TV host Anibal Barrow, 58, kidnapped on June 24 and whose body was found dismembered on July 9.