Argentinian journalist who condemned police violence found hanged
An Argentine journalist who exposed police brutality in Argentina’s northern province of Corrientes was found hanged in his home, police sources said Sunday, calling the incident a murder.
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 rejected, and a former companion of the journalist, suspected of the murder, was arrested, the same sources said.
The victim bore signs of beating, hair was found on her hands – suggesting she tried to defend herself – and no evidence of a break-in was found in her home, he said, adding from the same source.
However, Ms Blanco’s family said they doubted the guilt of the former companion, Armando Jara, also a journalist. “I don’t think we should qualify this as femicide (…) In my opinion, Jara has nothing to do with all that, although we await the expert reports and their results”, declared Lautaro Cesani, a son the victim had had with a second companion.
According to Mr. Cesani, Griselda Blanco had received threats after publishing articles on her local news website titled “Griselda Blanco Noticias” about alleged violence attributed to the police in Corrientes province as well as a case of negligence 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” and stressed that “the colleague had condemned the embezzlement within the local hospital and the political and police power”.