Ecuadorian journalist Calixto Zambrano survives shooting

  • Source: CPJ
  • June 7, 2021


“At about 7:30 p.m. on May 28, two unidentified men on a motorcycle approached [journalist Calixto] Zambrano as he was returning to his home in the western town of El Carmen, and one of the men pulled out a pistol and fired several shots. Two of the shots hit Zambrano as he ran away, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and news reports.

Zambrano, who directs a news program for the independent station Radio Eco FM, told CPJ that both shots hit his right thigh, and he underwent surgery at a local hospital. He said that, due to the complex nature of his injuries, doctors were able to remove just one of the two bullets from his thigh and then released him on May 29. He said he did not know when the other bullet could be removed, as doctors told him such an operation could result in paralysis.”


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