On June 25, two unidentified assailants broke into Marvin del Cid Acevedo’s home in Guatemala City around 10:30 a.m. while the journalist was at work, the local press reported. The attackers stole two computers and left a message written on a mirror saying, “You will die,” del Cid told CPJ.
Shortly before the attack, del Cid received several anonymous phone calls that were insulting and aggressively questioned his reporting, the journalist said. Security personnel at elPeriódico told the journalist that they saw a suspicious car following him on Monday, he said.
Del Cid filed a complaint with the police, and the prosecutor to investigate crimes against the press and union leaders. Local authorities have not disclosed any possible motive for the attack or identified any suspects.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Death Threats Against Guatemalan Journalist
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a press release denouncing recent death threats against Marvin del Cid Acevedo, a Guatemalan investigative journalist with el Periodico, involved in uncovering cases of corruption, human trafficking, and police brutality. According to the CPJ