Journalists Killed  |  Guatemala

Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdámez

Channel 14

May 18 or 19, 2011, in Nueva Concepción, Guatemala

The body of Ordoñez, a television reporter and teacher, was discovered on May 19 in a black vehicle parked outside the primary school where he taught, press reports said. He had knife wounds in the neck and chest, according to the rescue workers who found him.

News reports said authorities had been tipped off by an anonymous call. Family members quoted by the Guatemala City-based daily Prensa Libre said Ordoñez had left his home the previous night and did not return.

Ordoñez was a news reporter on Channel 14, a local cable station, according to news reports. Prensa Libre quoted the station's director, Roberto Santizo, as saying that Ordoñez had received threats in relation to his reporting. The journalist and teacher had also hosted children's and music programs on Channel 14, local press reports said.

Family members said Ordoñez was being extorted, press reports said, although the nature of the extortion was not clear.


Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.


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