Journalists Killed  |  Dominican Republic

Normando García Reyes

Teleunión

August 7, 2008, in Santiago , Dominican Republic

Unidentified individuals shot and killed García, a cameraman for the daily news program "Detrás de la Noticia" (Behind the News) and producer of the music program "Pachanga Mix" on television station Teleunión, in the city of Santiago, 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the capital, Santo Domingo.

At around 6:40 p.m., García was dropping off his vehicle at a car wash when multiple gunshots were fired from a moving car, according to local news reports.

García was shot five times in the head, four times in the chest, and once in the leg, said Esteban Rosario, host of "Detrás de la Noticia." García, known locally as Azabache, covered drug trafficking and crime. A taxi driver García was speaking with at the time of the shooting was also killed.

García had received multiple death threats in the previous eight months, according to journalists in Santiago. Rosario, who was also threatened, said anonymous callers had told García that he would be killed if he continued reporting on crime. García's car was set on fire outside the Teleunión offices eight months ago, Rosario said.

Santiago police spokesman Col. Jesús Cordero Paredes told CPJ that authorities were looking at possible suspects but had not identified a motive.


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


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