Journalists Killed  |  Argentina

Adams Ledesma Valenzuela

Mundo Villa and Mundo Villa TV

September 4, 2010, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

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

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