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Documentary filmmaker who covered gangs is killed in El Salvador

Christian Poveda, who recently finished a documentary about a violent street gang, was found shot dead in the town of Tonacatepeque about 10 miles northeast of the capital city of San Salvador, CNN and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report.

The day before he was killed, Poveda, a French-born journalist, said he was worried the gangs whose lives he had documented for years were turning more violent than ever, Tribune Newspapers report.

Poveda's documentary, "La Vida Loca" (The Crazy Life), followed the lives of street members of the Mara 18 street gang. (See trailer.) It had been screened at a few film festivals and was scheduled for broader release this month, including a showing in France on Sept. 30. But it had already drawn attention, and he had begun to receive threats, a friend and fellow photographer told Britain's The Guardian.

According to a statement by the president’s office, Poveda first arrived in El Salvador in the 1980s to cover the civil war as a photojournalist.

See more information in Spanish in this post.

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