Guatemalan journalist killed near erupting volcano

By Dean Graber

Guatedigital brought the news that Aníbal Archila, a reporter for Noti7 TV, was declared missing Thursday night (May 27) after being hit and injured by volcanic debris while covering the eruption south of Guatemala City, EFE says. His body was later discovered, and his shaken colleagues announced Archila's death live on the air. (See these videos on the CNN and LA Observed sites.)

Archila was hit by a shower of rocks when he got too close to the
Pacaya volcano, about 15 miles (25 km.) south of the capital, the Associated Press reports, quoting a spokesman for the national disaster committee. His burnt body was found by a colleague who said the reporter had been unable to escape the rocks and other projectiles that rained down from the volcano, AFP says.

Archila had worked for Noti7 for more than 10 years, EFE says. His colleagues honored him on the Noti7 site.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.