Guatemalan journalist threatened after reporting on military arms theft

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  • December 2, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Luis Ángel Sas, an investigative journalist for elPeriódico, reported receiving death threats that made reference to his recent reports on Guatemalan military weapons that ended up in the hands of the Mexico-based criminal group Los Zetas, Cerigua reports. Sas – whose beat is drug trafficking, corruption, and crime – told Noticieros Televisa that he first received threats at the offices of elPeriódico while he was at an investigating organized crime conference in Panama. A recent report by a Guatemalan freedom of expression group called drug trafficking groups like Los Zetas one of the biggest threats to journalism in the country. The Guatemalan Chamber of Journalism condemned the threats against Sas and demanded that prosecutors investigate the case, Cerigua adds. See below for an interview in Spanish with Sas at the "Investigative Journalism Against Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime" conference in Panama last month.

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.