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Journalist on Guayaquil radio was killed for personal reasons

June 12, 2021

first_img News RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Raúl Rodríguez, deputy heads of news on Radio Sucre, was apparently murdered for personal reasons and not in connection with his work, prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Antonio Galiardo, told Agence France-Presse on 27 June. He said the journalist’s mistress, Luz Rivera, was believed to have paid a hit-man 4,500 dollars to kill him. The hired killer was reportedly Johnny Jimmy Medina, arrested on 26 June. He was found to have a bullet wound that appeared to confirm his involvement in the exchange of fire in which Rodriguez died on 23 June, close to Luz Rivera’s home. A total of seven people have so far been arrested and charged in connection with the investigation.______________________________24.06.08 – Radio journalist, target of two previous attacks, gunned down in GuayaquilReporters Without Borders hopes that yesterday’s murder of Radio Sucre deputy news director Raúl Rodríguez in the western city of Guayaquil will be quickly solved. The motive has yet to be established but Rodríguez, 64, had been the target of attacks in the past.“Rodríguez carried a gun because he was getting threats and had been attacked twice,” the press freedom organisation said. “He had just a few friends, partly because he had criticised corruption so much on the air. The investigation should take all this into account, even if the evidence gathered so far does not establish that his murder was linked to his work as a journalist.”The attack took place at about 7:20 a.m. yesterday as Rodríguez returned to his home in the northern district of Guayacanes after presenting his early morning programme “Good Morning Ecuador” on Radio Sucre. He was getting out of his jeep when he was attacked by two gunmen wearing hats. One of them – who was accompanied by a woman, according to some accounts – shot him in the back. The other emerged from behind a corner and shot him head on. Rodríguez tried to take cover behind a parked car and, although wounded, pulled out his own gun in order to return fire. Police believe a total of 13 shots were fired.According the daily El Universo, the assailants fled in a Lada taxi with the licence number GNZ-119. Hit in the neck, thorax and left leg, Rodríguez died as a result of injuries in a nearby hospital to which he was rushed by a relative he had been about to visit. After 20 years presenting radio HCJB2, an evangelical radio station he founded, Rodríguez joined Radio Sucre in 1984 and became its deputy news director. He hosted three programmes – “Good Morning Ecuador,” “News Reports” and a Saturday new programme. His family said he was often outspoken on the air in his condemnation of alleged local government corruption and his criticism of the national government. A social conservative, he also criticised homosexuality and abortion.His family said he occasionally received telephone threats and shots were fired at the facade of his house in 2005. The following year, six men tried to kill him as he was parking his car. June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist on Guayaquil radio was killed for personal reasons April 10, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Reporters Without Borders hopes for quick progress in the investigation into yesterday’s murder of Radio Sucre deputy news director Raúl Rodríguez in the neighbourhood where he lived in Guayaquil. The motive has yet to be established but he was outspoken on the air and had been the target of attacks in the past. News Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information EcuadorAmericas EcuadorAmericas to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more December 24, 2019 Find out more News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Follow the news on Ecuadorlast_img

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