Guatemala - Young radio presenter murdered in Petén



    MONTREAL, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders today voiced
shock and dismay at the murder of Miguel angel Amaya Pérez, a young presenter
on Sabana radio, who was found shot dead in Santa Elena, in the Petén
department in the north of the country.
    Miguel angel Amaya Pérez, aged 23, had worked at the radio, regularly
presenting the news, for two months when he was ambushed by armed men, after
taking his wife on his motorbike to a village near Santa Elena on 9 December
2007. His body was found the following day.
    His family said they did not believe it was a robbery because nothing was
stolen from him and his bike remained at the murder scene. The local press
reported that the region is infested by drug-traffickers and other criminals.
    "We offer our condolences to the family of Miguel angel Amaya Pérez and
we hope that the authorities will solve this distressing case as quickly as
possible," the worldwide press freedom organisation said.
    "The north of Guatemala is particularly affected by organised crime and
drug-trafficking. The reasons for the murder are still to be determined but
the professional link should not be ignored. The investigation should follow
this lead," it added.




For further information:

For further information: Emily Jacquard, secretary general, Reporters
Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514) 521-7771,
rsfcanada@rsf.org

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