Friday, March 02, 2007
People working in Guatemala's media industry experienced an upsurge yesterday in death-threat related emails. One sender in particular, firstname.lastname@example.org, was spamming journalists with warnings about the fatal consequences that would apply should they continue to report on the February 19 murders of three Salvadoran legislators and their driver and of the subsequent elimination in jail of the four police officers arrested for the crime. Erick Salazar, assistant news director at Guatevision TV, claimed that the emails referred explicitly to individual staff member's families and their recent movements. Others received anonymous calls on their mobile phones.