Guardian: Chilean female journalist ‘shot in the head’ while reporting

A Chilean journalist was shot in the head by a street vendor while reporting at a Labor Day parade on May 1, and eventually died from his injuries, underscoring the country’s problem of violence against journalists. (The Associated Press)


A Chilean journalist reported on 1 Maylabour dayprocessionHe was shot in the head by a street vendor and eventually died from his injuries, underscoring the country’s problem of violence against journalists.

The Guardian reported that the deceased was a 29-year-old journalist Francisca Sandoval, who was covering the Labor Day parade at “Barrio Megues” in the center of the capital Santiago, when a group of men and paraders suddenly appeared. The attackers faced each other and then opened fire.


Sandoval was rushed to the hospital after he was shot in a face mask and hit in the head. Two other journalists were also injured in the incident. The independent media agency “Seal 3 La Victoria”, where Sandoval works, tweeted: “Sandoval didn’t leave us, they killed him, with these words we confirm the death of dear Sandoval, we miss you Will do everything possible and find out the truth.”

Two days after the shooting, 41-year-old Marcelo Naranjo was arrested on suspicion of murder, illegally possessing a firearm, and firing without a valid reason in a public place. Chile’s prosecutors will review the charges after Sandoval’s death.

Sandoval is the first Chilean journalist to be killed in the line of duty since former President Pinochet’s dictatorship, the last time in 1986 after a failed assassination attempt on the dictator. Three hours after his death, his body was found so mutilated with bullet holes that even his wife could not be properly identified.

Press Freedom in the World 2022 Posted by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) earlier this monthindex“Central Chile dropped to 82nd place, although still ranked 5th in South America, and the report highlights Chile’s excessive concentration of media ownership. Carolina Muoz, head of the journalism department at the University of Chile, said: ” Chile is going through a difficult period of violence, especially against the media. This was evident in the protests in 2019, when we saw journalists at work. We also saw how groups were formed to target journalists.”

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