Tovar’s journalistic work ruled out as motive in his murder

first_img New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets June 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tovar’s journalistic work ruled out as motive in his murder Follow the news on Venezuela RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation to go further VenezuelaAmericas News Initial enquiries into the death of José Joaquín Tovar, who was shot 11 times on 17 June in Caracas, suggest that his murder was not related to his work as editor of the weekly Ahora. There are indications that Tovar knew his murderer and investigators are working on the theory that the motive was personal revenge.The daily Tal Cual has reported that Tovar, who also ran a welfare organisation, was the target of several complaints accusing him fraud and embezzlement and that he allegedly extorted 4,000 dollars from people seeking rehousing._______________________________________________________________18.06.06 – Weekly editor gunned down in CaracasReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the murder of José Joaquín Tovar, the editor of the weekly Ahora, who was shot 11 times yesterday in Caracas.“The press is paying a heavy price for the generalised climate of violence, with two journalists killed since the start of the year,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the authorities to shed light on all aspects of this murder. We do not yet know if it was linked to Tovar’s work, but that possibility should be pursued, given his editorial positions.”Tovar, 53, was also president of the National Republican University Foundation and member of an organisation that helps communities obtain housing.A relative said the murder could be linked to his journalism, as he wrote a column for Ahora in which “he criticised both the government and the opposition.” August 25, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela José Joaquín Tovar, the editor of the weekly Ahora who gunned down yesterday in Caracas, was the second journalist to be murdered this year in Venezuela. In view of his outspoken columns, Reporters Without Borders hopes the police will investigate the possibility that he was killed in connection with this work. News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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