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In Guatemala, Lynch Mob Turns on Reporters

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In Guatemala, Lynch Mob Turns on Reporters

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In northeastern Guatemala, a lynch mob of some 100 people who killed and set afire a person suspected of being a gang member then turned their rage on four local journalists who arrived to cover the incident, attacking them with gunfire, bats and rocks.

Rudy Toledo, a reporter with the local cable channel Television Cable Noticias, was shot three times, according to accounts by the Guatemalan press, a national journalists union and the New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

CPJ reported he was in stable condition in a Guatemala City hospital.

Also wounded in the attack were Toledo's brother Oscar Toledo, a correspondent for the national daily Nuestro Diario; Carlos Toledo, a cousin of the two who is a correspondent for the TeleDiario news program on the national television channel Canal 3; and Oscar Figuero, a correspondent for the radio station Emisoras Unidas.

According to a report in the Guatemala City daily El Periodico, the events in the Quiche province town of San Andres Sajcabaja, about 60 miles from Guatemala City, began about four in the morning Wednesday when local man Juan Jose Gomez Urizar and two other men were discovered trying to rob a home. …

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