Journalist who denounced police violence found hanged

Police say it was a homicide. A journalist who had denounced police violence in the province of Corrientes, in northern Argentina, was found hanged in her home, police sources said on Sunday.

The body of Griselda Blanco, 45, was discovered by one of her brothers on Saturday in her home in Curuzu Cuatia, 600 km north of Buenos Aires. The suicide hypothesis was quickly dismissed, and a former companion of the journalist, suspected of the murder, was arrested, indicated the same sources.

Target of threats

The victim bore signs of beatings, hair was found in her hands – which suggests that she tried to defend herself – and no trace of a break-in was found at her home, he said. added from the same source. Griselda Blanco’s family, however, said they doubted the guilt of the ex-companion, Armando Jara, also a journalist. “I don’t think we should qualify this as feminicide (…) In my opinion, Jara has nothing to do with all this, even if we are awaiting the expertise and their results”, declared Lautaro Cesani, one of the sons that the victim had had with another companion.

According to him, his mother had received threats after having published, on her local news website entitled “Griselda Blanco Noticias”, articles on alleged violence attributed to the police of the province of Corrientes as well as a case of neglect. In a hospital. The public prosecutor’s office withdrew the investigation from the local police and handed it over to the Argentine federal police. The Argentine Federation of Press Workers (Fatpren) expressed in a statement its “deep concern”, stressing that “the colleague had denounced embezzlement within the local hospital and the political and police power”.

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