National: Offices of the Contralínea magazine are raided and robbed

July 3, 2014
Foto @ Contralínea

Photo @ Contralínea

The Contralínea magazine reported that its facilities located in Coyoacán, Mexico City, were attacked on the night of June 23. Newspaper records, editorial materials and reporters’ personal documentation as well as computer equipment were stolen, including the laptops of its director, Miguel Badillo, and of the deputy director, Jose Reyez.

Contralínea considered the incident as an act of intimidation” because of the constant attacks that itseditorial team has received. Last April 18, the house of its director was also assaulted.

It should be recalled that the magazine has been awarded precautionary measure and has had permanent police surveillance cameras installed in its offices as a part of the Protection Mechanism for Defenders and Journalists. Furthermore, since beginning its work in April 2002, Contralínea denounced threats, harassment, lawsuits, thefts, burglaries, advertising, censorship from the government, an arrest, and an ambush.

For more information (In Spanish):

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea (Contralínea, 24 de junio de 2014)

Saquean las instalaciones de la revista Contralínea en Coyoacán (La Jornada de Oriente, 24 de junio de 2014)

Allanan y roban las instalaciones de la revista “Contralínea” (Proceso, 24 de junio de 2014)

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea en el DF (Sexenio, 25 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English):

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (March 28, 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (April 23, 2013)

Mexico: 2 journalists are murdered (September 22, 2011)


Guerrero: Kidnapped journalist is found dead

June 12, 2014
Jorge Torres Palacios. Foto (@La Jornada)

Jorge Torres Palacios @La Jornada

On June 2, the body of Jorge Torres Palacios, journalist and coordinator of Social Communication at the General Directorate on Health in Acapulco, Guerrero, was found dead in the community Plan de Amates, rural area of ​​the port. He presented signs of having been tortured. On May 29, Torres Palacios had been kidnapped by an armed group close to his house.

Journalists from different media organized demonstrations in different parts of Guerrero  to demand the safe return of the kidnapped. Those protests continued after the tragic outcome of the kidnapping, demanding that the state governor, Angel Aguirre Rivero, promptly investigate the case. As a result, the governor promised to ensure the investigation of this case, as well as to meet with the family of the deceased.

For more information (in Spanish):

El periodista de Guerrero secuestrado es hallado muerto; fue torturado (Página 3, 2 de junio de 2014)

Hallan el cuerpo de Jorge Torres en fosa clandestina de Acapulco (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2014)

Hallan en la periferia de Acapulco el cadáver del comunicador Jorge Torres (La Jornada, 3 de junio de 2014)

Encuentran muerto a periodista secuestrado en Acapulco (Animal Político, 03 de junio de 2014)

Hallaron muerto al periodista Jorge Torres Palacios; estaba enterrado en una huerta (Diario de Guerrero, 03 de junio de 2014)

Exigen justicia en el funeral del periodista Jorge Torres Palacios (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur (2 May 2014)

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (28 March 2014)


Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities

June 10, 2014
Bases de Apoyo Zapatistas en el homenaje a Galeano. Foto (@Sipaz)

Support-bases of the Zapatista Army in Galeano’s homage (@Sipaz)

Subcomandante Moisés, spokesperson of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), announced in a communiqué upcoming activities scheduled by the organization.

Among these are the announcement of upcoming sessions of the Escuelita “both the first degree for those who have not yet arrived, and the second degree for those who have been approved.” There are no specified dates for those activities yet.

Other news include the installation, at the initiative of the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, of a Civil Peace Camp in the community of La Realidad, and a new meeting with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).

Finally, the EZLN also called for the provision of materials for the rebuilding of the autonomous schools and clinic destroyed by “paramilitaries at the service of the bad governments [...] This is so that the bad governments understand that no matter how much they destroy, we will always build more.

In the final part of the communiqué, a review is made to the paid media, which were not invited to the homage to the Galeano which took place on May 24: “I want to say that I have been seeing what the paid media has been saying happened in reality in La Realidad. And I see that what the now defunct Supmarcos said was right: they neither listened nor understood. Those above don’t understand that we didn’t lose anything; on the contrary, we recovered a compañero. And those on the outside don’t understand that they in fact did lose something, because now they don’t have a window through which to see us, much less a door through which to enter.”

For more information:

Escuelita, Camp of Peace, Sharing and Reconstruction (Enlace Zapatista, May 29, 2014)

For more information (in Spanish):

Instalarán Campamento Civil por la Paz en La Realidad: Sub Moisés (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

El EZLN anuncia la reanudación de las “Escuelitas Zapatistas” (Proceso, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Escuela de La Realidad dañada por agresores será reconstruida: subcomandante Moisés (La Jornada, 29 de mayo de 2014)

EZLN retoma diálogo con Congreso Nacional Indígena (El Universal, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: EZLN pays tribute to murdered Support-base and announces organizational changes (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: indigenous organizations and communities also affected by “counterinsurgency and war of extermination” express their solidarity with the EZLN (June 9, 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces homage to Zapatista murdered in La Realidad and announces primary results of investigation on the case (May 18, 2014)


Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism

May 16, 2014

Foto (@Oaxaca 3.0)

Photo (@Oaxaca 3.0)

On 3 May, Global day for Freedom of the Press, journalists from different media protested in downtown Oaxaca City to demand legal guarantees and security to allow them to exercise their profession.

According to data from the Mexico City Commission on Human Rights (CDHDF), Oaxaca occupies the second place after Mexico City in the number of death-threats and attacks on journalists this year, reaching a total of 50.

Article 19, an international organization that promotes the protection of journalists throughout the world as well as freedom of expression, has indicated that during the first third of 2014, 66 attacks were registered on journalists in Mexico, with Oaxaca being among the most violent and dangerous states of the country in which to exercise journalism.

“In Oaxaca have occurred lamentable attacks this past year, such as the murder of Alberto López Bello [writer for El Imparcial] and the attack with Molotov cocktails against the offices of the Piñero de la Cuenca in Tuxtepec.  The most alarming thing is that 90 percent of the attacks on journalists continue to enjoy impunity [...].  This impunity in attacks on journalists is based on the fact that the authorities are the judges and perpetrators.  Two out of every three attacks are committed by public authorities or officials.  And it is these same governmental institutions which investigate the cases, such that there is a palpable conflict of interests, and for this reason there is no punishment for those responsible,” noted Francisco Sandoval, an adjunct official for Freedom of Expression for Article 19.

For more information (in Spanish):

Oaxaca, quinto estado más peligroso para periodistas (Noticias, 03 de mayo de 2014)

“congeladas” 20 denuncias por agresiones contra periodistas en Oaxaca(Nss Oaxaca, 03 de mayo de 2014)

Exigen periodistas fin a mordaza y seguridad (Noticias, 04 de mayo de 2014)

Oaxaca, segundo lugar en agresiones a periodistas (Oaxaca 3.0, 6 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (23 April 2013)

Mexico: 172 aggressions against journalists in 2011 – Article 19 (2 April 2012)


National: Protests on the rise against Law on Telecommunication

May 3, 2014

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In recent weeks, there has been observed an increase in social protests against the legislative proposals following the implementation of reforms in the telecommunications sector, as was approved last year.  The criticisms that have been presented, among others, argue that said proposals would violate the right to expression by fomenting censorship, transgress the right of users to privacy, and threaten net neutrality.

In the latest examples, on 26 April, there was organized a “human chain” as called for on social networks, intellectuals, and politicians (including Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and the PAN senator Javier Corral).  The chain began at the presidential residency in Los Pinos and marched to Televisa Chapultpec, thus covering approximately 8km.  7000 persons participated in this action.

On 22 April there was also held a march #AgainstSilenceMX in Mexico City, which was repressed.  The Front for Freedom of Expression and Social Protest condemned the police attacks which “consisted in excessive police deployments and formations, intimidation, direct attacks on protestors, and arbitrary arrests of those who were doing nothing illegal.”   They noted that “the new aggressions against representatives of media, activists, human-rights defenders, and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights of Mexico City are reasons for concern in this sense, given the attempt to repress the right to social protest.”  Media reported that five police from the Secretary for Public Security of Mexico City (SSPDF) were suspended for presumed abuse of authority upon attacking protestors and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights.

It should be mentioned that these types of protests have begun to spread to other states of the Republic.

For more information (in Spanish):

Suspenden a cinco policías del DF por agresión a manifestantes (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2014)

Se extienden protestas contra leyes en telecomunicaciones a los estados(La Jornada, 26 de abril de 2014)

Protestan por telecom frente al Senado; impiden a #CadenaHumana llegar a Los Pinos (Proceso, 26 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado conjunto: Frente por Libertad de Expresión y Protesta Social condena enérgicamente agresiones policiacas cometidas ayer en marcha(23 de abril de 2014)

Marchan jóvenes en defensa de Internet (La Jornada, 22 de abril de 2014)

Protesta contra ley de telecomunicaciones en la Ciudad de México(Fotogalería, CNN México, 22 de abril de 2014)

http://www.nomaspodertv.org/


Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur

May 2, 2014

Brenda Escobar (@yancuic.com)

Brenda Escobar (@yancuic.com)

The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has initiated an investigation into the attacks perpetrated against journalist Brenda Escobar, a correspondent for the daily El Sur.  On 21 April, the reporter publicly denounced that security personnel for Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero had beaten her upon her approach to the governor to record the collective interview he was giving at that time.  She noted that “despite that the governor was mere meters from the security cordon his bodyguards had made to prevent my approaching their boss, he ignored me when on numerous occasions I yelled at him telling him that his escorts would not let me pass; I even asked his private secretary, Armando Añorve, to authorize my crossing through the security line, but he replied that the governor was already being interviewed and then, ‘no, not you’ [...].  I insisted that they let me pass through the line, but what the bodyguards did was grab me until asphixiation and then another elbowed me in the stomach.”

Angulo Osorio, director general of the newspaper, reported that governor Ángel Aguirre called the paper personally and committed to take measures so as to ensure that attacks by his bodyguards against journalists not happen again.

Since the beginning of the year, the international organization Article 19 has registered 66 attacks on the press in Mexico, representing 16 more than took place in the same period of 2013.  It has reported that the most dangerous and violent states for journalists are Veracruz, Mexico City, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Investiga la CNDH agresiones contra periodistas en Guerrero y Sonora(Proceso, 22 de abril de 2014)

Indaga CNDH agresión a periodistas en Guerrero y Sonora (El Universal, 22 de abril de 2014)

Guaruras agreden a reportera de El Sur frente al gobernador (El Sur, 22 de abril de 2014)

Abre la CNDH una investigación por la agresión de escoltas del gobernador a reportera de El Sur (El Sur, 23 de abril de 2014)

Artículo 19 reporta 66 agresiones a la prensa en México en tres meses; Veracruz, DF y Guerrero, los más violentos (Sin embargo, 23 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (28 March 2014)


National: Nomination of new head of the Section on Human Rights for the Ministry of Governance

April 26, 2014

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación (@Quadratin)

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, new head of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance (@Quadratin)

On 10 April, Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano was named the new director of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance.  Serrato Lozano was president of the State Commission on Human Rights in Michoacán (2007-2011) and had been working in the Naitonal Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) under the supervision of the director general of the Program of Grievances from Journalists and Civil Human Rights Defenders.  In this charge, he participated as a member of the Council of Government for the Mechanism for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, an operation that now will be his responsibility.

Édgar Cortez, member of the consultative council of the Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, noted that this would represent an advantage, given that “he shares to a great extent the diagnostic of the problems and needs that exist.  He does not begin as a nobody, and we hope that this will be reflected in his work.”

Following this nomination, the councilors for civil society reunited with the Council of Government of the Mechanism, having resigned from the same on 24 March upon denouncing its deficient functioning.  In a reunion with Lía Limón, Subsecretary on Human Rights of the Ministry of Governance, they suggested a series of points they consider “priorities for the effective functioning of the Mechanism and the security guarantees required by journalists and human-rights defenders in the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las Consejeras y Consejeros del Mecanismo de protección al reintegrar la Junta de Gobierno (11 de abril de 2014)
Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de Gobernación (La Jornada, 11 de abril de 2014)

Consejeros se reintegran al mecanismo de protección a activistas y periodistas (Proceso, 11 de abril de 2014)

Designa Segob titular para Unidad de Derechos Humanos (El Universal, 10 de abril de 2014)

Designan a titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Segob(Proceso, 10 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)


National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″

March 28, 2014

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

On 16 March, the home of the General Director of the Mexico and Central American Office of Article 19 belonging to Darío Ramírez was harassed.  Work documents as well as other valued objects and computers were stolen, according to a denunciation submitted to the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (PGJDF).  The press release distributed by Article 19 after the act stressed that this is “the fifth security incident that personnel from the organization have faced [...] since April 2013.”  Beyond this, the acts took place two days before the organization released its report “Dissent in Silence: Violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013.”  In this sense, the bulletin expressed that “we are concerned that the harassment of the home would be a message of intimidation for those who seek to inhibit our work in favor of freedom of expression.”

On 18 March, however, there was held an event to present the 2013 report as planned, which indicates that each 26.5 hours a journalist is attacked in Mexico.  In 2013, Article 19 documented 330 aggressions against journalists and media institutions (59% more than in 2012), including 59 against women.  These statistics are the highest since 2007, though in 2013 five journalists died, two fewer than in 2012.  More than 60 attacks on journalists took place during protests, in a way that the report indicates as showing the “authorities choosing for the path of repression and direct confrontation.”  In 59.3% of the cases, a public official has been responsible.  Although the problem revolves around states already noted in the country (such as Veracruz, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas), Article 19 notes that the documented attacks allow one to see a “pattern of dissemination toward other states” such as, for example, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Baja California, and Zacatecas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Funcionarios públicos y crimen organizado, principales agresores de periodistas (Analisis Centro Prodh, 19 de marzo de 2014)

2013, el año más violento para la prensa en México: Artículo 19 (Animal político, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Primer año de Peña, el más violento para la prensa desde 2007: Artículo 19(Proceso, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Informe completo 2013 (Artículo 19, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Allanan la casa del Director de Artículo 19; solicita protección (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de Artículo 19 (Artículo 19, 17 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (23 April 2013)


National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead

February 16, 2014

Foto @ Diario de Cambio

Photo @ Diario Cambio

The Veracruzan journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, who had been kidnapped on 5 February, was found dead on 11 February.  The State Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz confirmed that the body of the reporter, who worked for the Notisur and Liberal del Sur daily newspapers, together with two other corpses in a safehouse in the Las Choapas municipality.

The Veracruzan authorities indicate that four suspects have been arrested, including the presumed intellectual author of the murders, Teresa de Jesús Hernández Cruz.  In this way, it should be recalled that Carmela Hernández, wife to Gregorio Jiménez, detailed that since her very first declaration before the Veracruzan authorities, she had referred to the death-threats made by Teresa de Jesús, owner of the El Mamey bar, which had to do with articles published by her husband in the two newspapers where he worked.  These articles denounced a number of murders that had taken place in said bar.

Following the confirmation of the journalist’s death, Erick Lagos, Secretary of Governance of Veracruz, stressed that the murder of Gregorio Jiménez is related to his own work, and he speculated on the “personal motives” and “vengeance” as the basis for the crime.  For its part, the organization Article 19 criticized the declarations of the Veracruzan Secretary of Governance and said that “it is alarming that, as in similar cases in the same state, the State Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz seeks from the start to play down an investigation that would relate the crime with the journalist’s work, noting that a ‘personal conflict between neighbors’ explains the murder of  Jiménez,” given that, in recent dates, the journalist had been covering crimes committed in the community of Villa Allende, Coatzacoalcos.

Communication organizations, such as Reporters Without Borders, House of the Journalist, and the Network of Journalists Standing Up demanded that the Federal Attorney General’s Office investigate the case, because they have little faith in the authorities of Veracruz, given that one of the suspects arrested for the crime was let go due to lack of evidence.

Following the kidnapping of Jiménez, his colleagues and fellow journalists organized marches to demand that the authorities rescue him.  With his death, the journalist community has been greatly moved.  The headline of Chiapas Paralelo published several articles expressing that “Why does the death of Goyo [Jiménez] hurt us so?  Why do we all feel this pain, or why should we?  We are hurt because we know that the freedom of speech of journalists is linked to the right to know about people.  If we journalists cannot report due to fear for the reprisals we will face, the citizenry also loses, because it will lack the true information to help it make better decisions.”  Furthermore, “your life [that of Jiménez] cost 20,000 pesos in a country where we are all expendable.  The case of Goyo hurts us, as do all cases of unknown Goyos.”

It should be noted that, since the PRI governor’s taking power in 2011 (Javier Duarte), ten journalists have been murdered in the state, with at least three disappeared, and a dozen having to abandon their work due to the violent climate generated by organized crime.  Veracruz is the state where the most crimes against journalists have been reported in recent years.  With 87 journalists killed since 2000, according to the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), Mexico is the most dangerous country of Latin America in which to exercise this profession.

For more information (in Spanish):

Encuentran muerto al periodista veracruzano Gregorio Jimenez (Animal Político, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Pagaron 20 mil pesos por asesinar a ‘Goyo’: Procuraduría de Veracruz(Proceso, 11 de febrero de 2014)

México: encuentran muerto al periodista Gregorio Jiménez (BBC Mundo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

¿Y por qué nos duele tanto el asesinato de Goyo? ¿Por qué nos duele a todos y todas o nos debería de doler? (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

Hallan muerto al periodista mexicano Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz (El Mundo, 12 de febrero de 2014)

Una mujer pagó $20 mil por matar a Gregorio Jiménez: PGJ-Veracruz (La Jornada, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Denunciation of wave of attacks against journalists and activists (21 July 2013)

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Article 19 condemns attacks on journalists (22 March 2012)


Guerrero: Nomination of new head of Coddehum provokes controversy

January 15, 2014

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Photo @SIPAZ

The nomination made by Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero of Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno as head of the State Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (Coddehum) has generated debate and discussion among representatives of different parties.  The Technical Council, the maximum organ of this institution, had designated Hipólito Lugo Cortés as interim president following the death of Juan Alarcón Hernández.  The governor then removed him and nominated the regional visitor of Acapulco, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno, to the position.  This action was interpreted by the Technical Council as an interference from the executive branch.  From Ometepec, Ramón Navarrete Magdaleno previously worked as regional coordinator for human rights in Acapulco.

Interviewed on radio, Lugo Cortés noted that the executive has the right to remove and nominate functionaries and employees “only in the executive branch [itself], not in Coddehum, such that there can be no violation or attempted violation of the autonomy and independence of this human-rights defense group.”  Cortés noted that, if the governor were the one to nominate the president of Coddehum, “what faith could a citizen have who has been affected by an act emanating from the government, when this government runs the very office to which he might present a complaint?”  Juan Alarcón Hernández, the first ombudsman of the country, died on the evening of Wednesday 11 December in Chilpancingo, due to stomach cancer.

For more information (in Spanish):

Discrepan diputados por injerencia de Aguirre en la designación de titular de la Coddehum (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Ilegal, el nombramiento de Navarrete: Lugo Cortés (La Jornada de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Designa AAR a Ramón Navarrete como presidente de la Coddehum (Diario de Guerrero, 8 de enero de 2014)

Desconoce Congreso Local a Hipólito Lugo Cortés como encargado de la Coddehum-Gro (El Dictamen Online de Guerrero, 9 de enero de 2014)

Muere Juan Alarcón, primer ombudsman del país (Milenio, 11 de diciembre de 2013)


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