New York, June 23, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ecuadorian authorities to investigate the death of Raúl Rodríguez Coronel, who was shot to death this morning in Guayaquil. CPJ is investigating all possible links between Rodríguez’s work as a journalist and his death.
Rodríguez, news vice president and host of the daily news and opinion program “Buenos Días Ecuador” (Good Morning Ecuador) on the Guayaquil-based Radio Sucre, left the radio station shortly after 7 a.m. today, Radio Sucre’s manager, Gabriel Arroba, told CPJ. After finishing this morning’s show, Rodríguez drove to Guayacanes, a neighborhood north of the city, to pick up family members, said Arroba. When he arrived at his cousin’s house at around 7:15 a.m., an unidentified man wearing a hat approached him and fired a weapon, witnesses told Radio Sucre reporters. According to Arroba, witnesses said Rodríguez hid behind a car but his aggressor followed him and fired more shots before fleeing in a nearby taxi driven by an unidentified woman. Rodríguez was taken to local Kennedy Clinic, where he died an hour later from four gunshot wounds to the leg, pelvis and torso, Arroba told CPJ.