Two journalists shot dead on air in Dominican Republic

Two journalists shot dead on air in Dominican Republic

Newsreader and station director attacked by gunmen while broadcasting video live on Facebook
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A family member mourning slain journalist, Leonidas Martinez (AFP)

Two journalists in the Dominican Republic were shot dead during a live radio broadcast on Tuesday, as unidentified attackers stormed a radio studio and shot dead a newsreader and the station’s director.

Gunmen stormed the 103.5 FCM studio and killed director, Luis Manuel Medina before shooting Leonidas Martinez dead.

A video of the broadcast was streaming live on Facebook when gunfire could be heard and a woman’s voice shouts “Shots, shots!”

National police spokesperson, William Alcantara said: “Two people have died and one has been injured,” identifying the injured person as the station’s secretary.

Medina was presenting the investigative news show ‘Milenia Caliente’ (or ‘Hot Millienium’) on Tuesday morning in the Caribbean nation.

The Interamerican Press Society (SIP) condemned the “tragedy,” with press freedom chief Roberto Rock urging investigators “to shed light on the killings and bring those responsible to justice, to prevent impunity from protecting those who want to keep generating violence against the media.”

Reporters Without Borders has previously reported that journalists veering corruption and drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic are often targeted: “Freedom of information is also weakened by continuing impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel and the concentration of media ownership in few hands.”

A number of other media workers have been attacked or killed in recent years, including press director of the Dominican Agribusiness Association, Blas Olivo in 2015 as well as a cameraman in 2014.

Source: AFP

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