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Juan Andújar, Radio Azua, Listín Diario
14 September 2004

Listín Diario correspondent Juan Andújar was shot in the head on 14 September 2004 in Azua as he left Radio Azua, where he had just presented his regular news programme. The gang member who fired the shots has been identified as Blas Pujols. Four members of his gang had been killed earlier that day in a shootout with the police.

Radio Azua said that, shortly before Andújar was gunned down, it received a phone call from the gang warning that all of the town’s journalists were going to be killed. Other news media received similar messages and several journalists had taken refuge in the police station. All of the targeted journalists had criticised the criminal activities of the gangs operating in the area.

Aged 49, Andújar had been a journalist for more than 20 years. He was also active in local peace and environmental groups.