Two days after being abducted and badly beaten in Guatemala
prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora was still in shock. "I can't remember
what happened, but I was drugged and left unconscious in a hospital in the
outskirts of Guatemala City
he told me on Saturday after he was released from the local hospital.
His colleagues at the daily elPeriodico
and members of the local media were stunned by the news on Thursday. Rumors had spread that morning that
killed. Claudia Mendez, an editor at the paper, told me that she started
, a 1995 recipient of CPJ's
International Press Freedom Award, is considered one of the top investigative
journalists in Central America
by his peers.