Ecuador jour­nal­ists ‘have been killed’

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

3 Three Ecuado­rian jour­nal­ists who were ab­ducted by dis­si­dent Colom­bian rebels have been mur­dered, Ecuador’s pres­i­dent an­nounced.

Lenín Moreno of­fered $100,000 for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the cap­ture of a guer­rilla leader known as “Gua­cho”, who is be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the ab­duc­tion and mur­der.

Moreno said Ecuador was “griev­ing”, hav­ing pre­vi­ously given the cap­tors 12 hours to prove the hostages were alive be­fore fac­ing a mil­i­tary re­sponse. “We’re not go­ing to let our­selves be in­tim­i­dated,” he said. He ap­peared to make good on his threat, or­der­ing the re­sump­tion of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.

Re­porter Javier Or­tega, pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Ri­vas and driver Efraín Se­garra, who worked for Ecuado­rian daily El Comer­cio, were kid­napped on 26 March by a fac­tion of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, or Farc, the leftist rebel group which laid down its weapons and be­came a po­lit­i­cal party af­ter a 2016 peace deal.

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