Second journalist in two months slain in Guatemala

Guatemalan journalist Jorge Arquímides Manchamé Palma was killed in the city of Esquipulas, in the southeastern Guatemalan department of Chiquimula, on Sunday, July 3, reported the newspaper Prensa Libre.

Manchamé, 70 years old and the father of the ex-chief of the National Civil Police, Raúl Manchamé, was stabbed to death in his house during a presumed robbery, according to michiquimula.com.

Journalists expressed concern over the killing of their colleague, while neighbors demanded the government provide more safety in the city.

In his youth, Manchamé had worked for the newspapers Tiempo Nuevo and Faro Magisterial, and he had been working as a radio correspondent for Perla de Oriente and the United Stations of Guatemala when he was killed. He is the second journalist killed in Guatemala in less than two months. In mid-May, reporter Yensi Ordóñez was found dead after being stabbed to death in Escuintla, also in southern Guatemala.

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.