Wilfred Iván Ojeda

Beats Covered:
Local or Foreign:

Ojeda, 56, a political columnist with the daily El
and a longtime activist with the opposition Democratic Action Party,
was found in a vacant lot, shot in the head, gagged, hooded, and with his hands
tied, according to local investigators.

The journalist’s vehicle was found 15 miles (24
kilometers) from the scene. The daily El
said Ojeda was driving the previous afternoon when his vehicle was
intercepted by unidentified assailants. His belongings did not appear to have
been taken, the police said.

Local journalists said Ojeda’s columns focused on local
politics. Venezuelan prosecutors said they were considering the victim’s
journalism as a possible motive, local press reports said.