Dominican Republic Urged To Protect Journalists After Recent Killing

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Top Story — Amnesty International and press freedom groups condemned Wednesday the killing of a critical Dominican reporter and urged the government to ensure the protection of journalists in the Caribbean country. Amnesty called for a full investigation into the killing of José Agustín Silvestre, who was found dead by three gunshot wounds Tuesday morning shortly after he was taken by gunmen in the southeastern city of La Romana. Silvestre was the director of the magazine “La Voz de la Verdad” (Voice of the Truth) and host of a Caña TV program of the same name, who had accused political figures and a priest of having involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. Both Amnesty and the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) said that the government needs to let the public know if his death could have been prevented. “We condemn the brutal killing of José Agustín Silvestre,” said Carlos Lauría, CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas. “We call on Dominican authorities to fully investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice.”

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