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Antonio de la Torre Echandía, Radio Orbita
14 February 2004

Antonio de la Torre Echandia, The presenter of a news programme on a local station, Radio Orbita, was fatally stabbed by two individuals on 14 February 2004 as he left a private meeting, but before dying he named one of his assailants to onlookers. He died as he was being rushed to a hospital in an ambulance.

The police have arrested the person named by De la Torre. It was Hipólito Casiano Vega Jara, the driver of Yungay mayor Armando Leon Leon. The driver was at the meeting and, according to witnesses, he had an argument with De la Torre. The mayor himself was reportedly present when the argument took place.

The mayor of Yungay, Amaro León León, was arrested and jailed on 18 March on suspicion of ordering the murder of the journalist to stop him broadcasting criticism of him.

Several days prior to his death, De la Torre incorporated a new segment into his programme entitled "Con verdad y justicia" (With Truth and Justice), in which he criticised mismanagement by local officials and allowed listeners to make their - often scathing - comments on the air.