Press protest. Photo@Article 19
On January 10, just as she was about to go on the air with her program Despierta Tlaxiaco, broadcast through community radio La Perla de la Mixteca, journalist Soraya Abigail Arias Cruz, received a death threat by phone. She received the call “After questioning the action of the 2014-2016 administration of the city of Tlaxiaco, headed by the PRD Alejandro Aparicio, now local deputy.” It is not the first time that she has received a call threatening death, as on other occasions she has received text messages, where she was told not to continue to comment on what is happening in Tlaxiaco or the municipal administrations. “I will go to human rights [groups] and then to the Public Ministry of Tlaxiaco, to investigate the phone number they spoke from. I am a single mother, I dedicate myself to this, I like it, I won’t accept being intimidated,” she said.
An an Urgent Action, the organization Article 19 recalled that “Oaxaca ranks as one of the most violent [states] to do journalism” and called on the state and municipal authorities and the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca to begin “A diligent and exhaustive investigation” regarding the threats received by Arias Cruz, in order to identify those responsible and lead them before the judicial authorities.
For more information in Spanish:
Amenazan de muerte a locutora de radio en Tlaxiaco; Artículo 19 exige investgación (EDUCA, 12 de enero de 2017)
Amenazan de muerte a locutora en Oaxaca (Article 19, 11 de enero de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: Nuevas agresiones a periodistas (29 de agosto de 2014)
Oaxaca: nuevo asesinato de periodista (14 de agosto de 2014)