Venezuela probes slaying of journalist

Por Venezuela Real - 16 de Junio, 2008, 20:23, Categoría: Prensa Internacional

The New York Times / Washington Post
 June 16, 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A Venezuelan television anchorman was found slain in his apartment, his body riddled with stab wounds, authorities said Monday.

Javier Garcia worked for Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, which has been fiercely critical of President Hugo Chavez.

Police said a relative found Garcia's body, with five stab wounds, in his bed on Sunday.

Venezuela's attorney general's office said in a statement Monday that prosecutors are investigating the slaying.

''The circumstances in which this unfortunate and violent event occurred are still unclear,'' RCTV said in a statement.

Gladys Zapiain, manager of institutional relations for RCTV, told the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, it was too early to determine if Garcia's death was linked to his work at the TV station.

''We urge Caracas authorities to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation into his murder,'' said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.

Violent crime is rampant in Venezuela's capital with dozens of homicides reported every weekend, but killings of journalists are rare. Four journalists in Venezuela have been killed in direct relation to their work since 1992, according to CPJ.

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