Guerrero: denunciation of intimidation against Proceso correspondent in the state

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On 15 August, the Proceso magazine denounced in an editorial note that a presumed representative of the Agency of the Public Military Ministry, which is contained within the Secretary for National Defense (SEDENA), attempted to hand over a summons to appear to its correspondent in Guerrero, Ezequiel Flores Contreras. The note detailed that, “in accordance with a report published by the daily newspaper La Crónica, Vespertino de Chilpancingo, at around 8:00 PM on Thursday 14 August, a man dressed in civilian clothes though with military features was making rounds in the SUSPEG district, located in the capital of Guerrero. Identifying himself as Israel Martínez, he asked in several houses about the location of the reporter’s home. The motive of the search, according to the claims he provided to neighbors, was to submit to Flores Contreras a summons to appear before the military courts, even though he is a civilian.”

Some hours previously, Ezequiel Flores had published a digital report in Proceso regarding the violence experienced in the state’s capital on Wednesday night. The correspondent confirmed that the SEDENA had not advised him of an agent visiting his home, such that he suspected that the military is after him.

In this sense, Article 19, an organization that defends journalists, published an alert for this, “which increasingly seems to resemble an attack on freedom of expression, insofar as the publication of information on organized crime cannot be reason for investigation or judicial processing.” The organization has called on SEDENA to clarify the events in question, recalling that this is not the first time that the correspondent has been harassed by the authorities, given that last year, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero “defamed and denigrated his labor.” Article 19 stressed that, so far this year, Guerrero has seen 15 attacks on journalists and communication media.

For more information (in Spanish):

Presunto militar busca entregar citatorio a corresponsal de Proceso (Proceso, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Alertan por acto de intimidación contra el corresponsal de la revista Proceso en Guerrero (El Sur de Acapulco, 17 de agosto de 2014)

Emiten alerta por presunto acoso a un comunicador (La Jornada, 17 de agosto 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)

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (June 10, 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (May 16, 2014)

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