JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD
On 10 February, Guadamuz was exiting his car in the parking lot of television station Canal 23 when a gunman opened fire at point-blank range, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. The murderer was captured and identified as William Hurtado García, a local merchant and security guard.
CPJ joined Journalists Against Corruption (Periodistas frente a la corrupción, PFC), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) in calling for an immediate investigation into the killing. At press time, it is not clear whether Guadamuz was killed because of his work as a journalist.
Guadamuz hosted the programme "Dardos al centro" (Darts to the Bull's Eye) for Canal 23. A former high-ranking member of the opposition party Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), he became an ardent critic of opposition leader Daniel Ortega and other senior party officials after a highly publicised falling out with Ortega in the late 1990s, note PFC and CPJ.
He often accused them of corruption and in recent episodes of "Dardos al centro," he alleged that Ortega had received bribes and manipulated the judicial system for personal gain, according to a local news report.
Last year, Guadamuz registered as a mayoral candidate for the ruling Constitutionalist Liberal Party.
Visit these links:
- IFEX: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/103/
- CPJ: http://www.cpj.org/news/2004/Nica11feb04na.html
- IAPA Report on Nicaragua: http://www.sipiapa.com/pulications/report_nicaragua2004.cfm
- PFC: http://www.portal-pfc.org/
- OAS Special Rapporteur on Free Expression: http://www.oas.org/OASpage/press_releases/press_release.asp?sCodigo=PREN99-04E