Ledesma, 41, a Bolivian-born reporter for the community
weekly Mundo Villa and director of
local TV station Mundo Villa, was stabbed by unidentified assailants near his
home in the shantytown Villa 31 in northern Buenos Aires, local and
international press reported. Ledesma wrote mostly about neighborhood problems,
such as unsanitary conditions and damaged roads, in Villa 31, Mundo Villa
Editor Joaquín Ramos told CPJ.
The journalist’s wife, Ruth Marlene Torrico, told CPJ that a
woman had approached her at the murder scene and warned that something similar
might happen to her and her six children if they didn’t leave the neighborhood.
Two women approached her sister the following day and made similar threats, she
said. Torrico filed a complaint with the federal police, and authorities
assigned agents to patrol near the family’s home. Argentine authorities did not
immediately identify suspects or disclose possible motives.