Journalist at odds with local authorities gunned down in northern city

first_img PeruAmericas China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting April 1, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Radio journalist Julio Castillo Narváez’s murder in Virú (in the northwestern department of La Libertad) on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, has cast a further shadow over a day that is meant to be a celebration for journalists and media all over the world. Unidentified gunmen shot him six times while he was having lunch in a restaurant. His death was very probably linked to his work as the producer of a news programme on Radio Ollantay. He had been very critical of the regional authorities and had been having problems with them. The police said they found a message threatening him and another journalist, Rafael Sánchez, in his mobile phone.Castillo, 41, is the first journalist to be murdered in Peru since Miguel Pérez Julca, who was gunned down in similar circumstances in the northwestern city of Jaén on 16 March 2007.“Those investigating Castillo’s murder should give priority to his dispute with the regional authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The political aspects of the case will almost certainly result in attempts to pressure the investigation. The government and judicial authorities must prevent this. We saw similar pressure in the Pérez case, which ended up with the arrest of hit-men but not the instigators.”The press freedom organization added: “The authorities most move quickly to end the recent spate of press freedom violations without waiting for a new president to be elected on 5 June. They must also explain why Castillo and his radio station were not given the protection they requested.”According to the Lima-based Press and Society Institute (IPYS), Castillo had accused Herbert Jiménez Urquiaga, a member of the regional council, and his wife of involvement in a dubious real estate deal. His allegations had been followed by an act of vandalism against Radio Ollantay. The station reacted by unsuccessfully requesting police protection for its premises and staff.As well as Castillo’s murder, there has been a disturbing series of acts of harassment and attacks on the press since the start of the year and two journalists are currently in prison on defamation charges.Another South American journalist was also murdered on World Press Freedom Day. It was the Brazilian journalist Valério Nascimento, who was gunned down outside his home in Rio de Janeiro state. February 10, 2017 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Peru Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites PeruAmericas News May 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist at odds with local authorities gunned down in northern city News December 4, 2019 Find out more Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable to go further Newslast_img read more

New appeal for information on Gussie Shanahan’s death

first_imgWhatsApp Email Print NewsCommunityNew appeal for information on Gussie Shanahan’s deathBy Staff Reporter – May 16, 2019 515 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Vicky calls for right to die with dignity TAGSAengus ‘Gussie’ ShanahanappealCommunityNews Facebook The poster issued by the family of Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan.THE family of a Limerick man whose partial skeletal remains were discovered in 2001, have issued a fresh appeal for information about his death.Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan was last seen alive, aged 20, in his native Limerick city, on February 11, 2000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bone fragments belonging to him were found washed up in Co Clare on October 28, 2001, by members of Bunratty Search and Rescue Service.However, the partial remains were only confirmed as belonging to Gussie last year following improvements in DNA technology.A Garda review of the case, launched late last year, is still continuing.Mr Shanahan’s family have now launched a fresh campaign for information which includes a confidential telephone line 087-1222950 that will be manned by family members.Gussie’s sister, Grainne Shanahan, said she and her family believe he was murdered.“We are going with this new appeal because this is a different chapter in the case. We have laid him to rest, but we still want answers as to what happened to Gussie.”Ms Shanahan appealed directly to people who have information about her brother’s disappearance for anyone with information about the death to let them know what happened.She particularly appealed to a man who contacted her father Bob Shanahan years previously with possible information about the case.“The man rang my Dad and said that Gussie had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’d like to hear from that man again, and anyone that knows what happened on the night Gussie disappeared.”A poster released by the Shanahan family reads: “JUSTICE FOR GUSSIE…So many Unanswered Questions??? Did He Suffer? Was He Alone? We Need Your Help…Help us get the answers.”Ms Shanahan said any information given to the family would be treated in “strict confidence”.Gussie’s bone fragments were laid to rest beside his late mother Nancy last November following his funeral mass.Bob Shanahan, speaking prior to the funeral, said hearing confirmation from Gardaí that the bone fragments found 17 years earlier belonged to his missing son, was like being “struck by a thunderbolt”.The investigation team at Roxboro Road Garda Station can be contacted at 061-214340 or on the Garda Confidential Line David Raleighne[email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleThere’s still a job to be done on the right to workNext articleLimerick FC players vote in favour of strike action Staff Reporter Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more