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LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic. - The embattled journalist Jose Silvestre was murdered Monday night in eastern La Romana province, and his body with two bullet wounds found near El Peñón, Sabana del Soco, between La Romana and San Pedro.

Initial reports said Silvestre had been kidnapped early morning by four individuals on a gold Ford Explorer, and that one gunshot was heard at Gastón Deligne street.

Filomena Silvestre, Jose’s sister said her brother confronted the four kidnappers with his fists. “I was walking along with him, but I stopped for five minutes and they told me that they were four men and that they shot him and that he struggled and hit one of them with his fist and then they took him. Those who saw it couldn’t do anything because they were firing."

According to some of Silvestre’s close friends, "he had made many denunciations through his program; La Voz de la Verdad" (the voice of truth)

Earlier this year La Romana prosecutor Jose Polanco jailed Silvestre on libel charges, after the reporter accused him of having links to drug trafficking.

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31 comment(s)
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 2 Aug 2011 10:37 AM
From: United States
Good old Leonel in charge of a large drug empire and unable to do anything about it.

What a useless president and corrupt government officals and military.
Written by: rumbabierta, 2 Aug 2011 10:58 AM
From: United States
what has happen to my country in just 12 years we have gone from a peaceful humble poor people to crazy gangs murderers, rapist , kippnapers, robbers, etc...etc...etc... god pls help my country come out of the dark ages!!
Written by: gmiller261, 2 Aug 2011 11:11 AM
From: United States


The thugs rule and empty suit LF does nothing.

Freedom of speech is a joke.

What a loser of a country.
Written by: KISKEYAMAN, 2 Aug 2011 11:30 AM
From: Haiti
rest in peace. Unfortunately, drugs are a scourge in this world.
Written by: synapse, 2 Aug 2011 11:34 AM
From: United States

There is no freedom of the PRESS in Banana Republics!!!!!!!
The DR is just another Banana Republic run by political mafias!!!!
Written by: Escott, 2 Aug 2011 11:34 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Drugs didn't kill this fellow. Polititians are to blame here.
Written by: WalterPolo, 2 Aug 2011 11:46 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Poder paralelo is not just a novela.

They run this country and a number of others.

It's like cancer: if not detected and treated in the early stages, there is no cure.

Of course, with bad doctors, it gets worse.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 2 Aug 2011 12:18 PM
From: United States
the world is going to end soon. i am beginning to agree more frequently with the statements of Escott.
Written by: matador, 2 Aug 2011 1:12 PM
From: United States,
Is a shame that DR had become Just like Mexico and Worst than Puerto Rico in just few years, and the worst of all is that the Scumbag that Running the Country are doing and Wont do anything about it.
Written by: OGNYC, 2 Aug 2011 1:29 PM
From: United States
This is just further poof of the NARCO STATE that LIEONEL and his gangster collective have created. The LIEONEL defenders will say this happens everywhere and this doesn't have anything to with drugs all in an attempt to change the subject and defend there leader. LIEONEL PLD and PRD politicians along with every other agency in charge of anything in DR are the biggest paid defense for drug traffickers and any other kind of criminal with money.
Written by: danny00, 2 Aug 2011 3:17 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
and their are many that support the drug business, they cheer these punks on.
drugs bring no good to any land or country.
hand full make some money , but they bring chaos to the cities and the people.
Written by: poponlaburra, 2 Aug 2011 3:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic,
This prosecutor must sbe jailed, how obvious this case is, this crime must not go unpaid.

Now if he fough the assailants, their DNA must be in his fist. DNA TESTING MUST BE DONE AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!!!!!
Written by: josearias, 2 Aug 2011 3:25 PM
From: United States
look how toff they are killing at innocent man like this for telling some controversy thrust.after all we are Dominican and someday no to far away we are Dominican men, women and everybody else will be force to take justice in our owned hands and is very sad for our country
Written by: BLANCO, 2 Aug 2011 3:45 PM
From: Dominican Republic
what has happen to my country in just 12 years we have gone from a peaceful humble poor people to crazy gangs murderers, rapist , kippnapers, robbers, etc...etc...etc... god pls help my country come out of the dark ages!!

Written by: BASTA, 2 Aug 2011 3:48 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
what has happen to my country in just 12 years=ONE name fernandex. queen of the hill!
Written by: time2rize, 2 Aug 2011 4:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic
God Dam WTF !!!
Written by: time2rize, 2 Aug 2011 4:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic
journalist Jose Silvestre needs to be honor as a National Hero !!
Written by: Perez, 2 Aug 2011 6:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Rest In Peace Jose Silverio. May the lord make justice for such crime.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 2 Aug 2011 6:43 PM
From: United States
If LF was any type of leader he would have jailed this prosecutor immediately. Get down to the truth and once seen take everything this man and his family owns and put him to death on tv.
Written by: DomRat, 2 Aug 2011 9:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Drugs aren't the problem nor are firearms. Sell drugs dirt cheap and let life sort it out, should the government want to get involved, let them charge a fee for certificate of purity such as done for alcohol, grade coke out and maybe the coca leaves like any other commodity; coffee, cocoa for example. It is only the illegality of it that denies taking a deal gone sour to court and the illegality also keeps the price up and causes laundering and corruption - how much corruption is there in the plantano market. Finally that said - I am saddened that this brave man was killed for investigating the sordid business and publishing what he found out, my condolences to his family and friends.
Written by: trojanman, 2 Aug 2011 11:14 PM
From: Canada
My girlfriend lives in Santo Domingo.....(Cristo Rey)....and she told me it's BAD! If only the people who stay in the All inclusives....could experience 10% of the places i have been to....would they know the REAL DR....'cuz it's getting SCARY....and i have a feeling it's going to get worse.....before it gets better. Espero estar equivocado, pero yo no lo creo!
Written by: Trujillo, 3 Aug 2011 1:46 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Innocent until proven guilty, or is it the other way around? There's is no proof that the prosecutor order his murder, but all these people here love to jump to conclusions and it's all based on politics. Why don't you go ahead and say Trujillo or Balaguer killed him, that's what you've got this country used to hearing. Oh, I see, it's Leonel Fernandez now.
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 3 Aug 2011 8:14 AM
From: United States
No positive spin on this suavecito or ricardolito?
Written by: gmiller261, 3 Aug 2011 8:43 AM
From: United States

In another thread by Belly.

"In a normal country governed by laws the executive power wouldn't need to even open his mouth because it's obvious an investigation is due.

This investigation is simple Jose Polanco is the main and only suspect who should be arrested and questioned since he was the most interested in shutting down this guy."

Written by: hellborn25, 3 Aug 2011 8:53 AM
From: United States, United states, homes of taxes and every foul philosophy on the planet.
This was a politician who was doing dirty bussness , and got caught with his pants down , jose polanco should be in chains right now in a holding cell.
Written by: okian, 3 Aug 2011 9:15 AM
From: United States
It's PITIFUL and getting worse every day.
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Aug 2011 9:40 AM
From: Australia
So this stuff only started happening in the Dominican Republic in the last twelve ears? Really?
Written by: poponlaburra, 3 Aug 2011 3:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic,

JENNY BERENICE........If the goverment wants a real investigation THEY MUST BRING IN JENNY BERENICE from Santiago, ONLY HER COULD HELP SOLVE THIS case. No one else will.
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Aug 2011 6:43 PM
From: Australia
poponlaburra, maybe you have signed Jenny Berenice's death warrant? Memo from Leo to treasurer - she's not on the pay-roll? Please fix with cash or bullets.
Written by: easyrider, 3 Aug 2011 9:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Barahona
Feed him to the people. Let justice be served.
Written by: sweetbabyj, 6 Aug 2011 6:52 PM
From: United States
this happens every day in your cities and goes unreported. YOU HAVE NO POLICE, NO DETECTIVE only men and women who take a paycheck. Street crime is rampant in every city and many area are off limits to tourists who visit. Until you get the fat men in uniform out onto the streets you are in danger of losing your country to drug and street gangs. WAKE UP or you will lose your beautiful country to the drug gangs. Catch the dealers and lock them up forever same with street thugs and any politician who takes a bribe
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