Chiapas: Heraldo de Chiapas Journalist Murdered in Yajalon

MarioMario Leonel Gomez Sanchez (@Heraldo de Chiapas)

On the afternoon of September 21st, journalist Mario Leonel Gomez Sanchez, correspondent for El Heraldo de Chiapas, was gunned down by a gunman who was riding a motorcycle accompanied by a driver outside his home in Yajalon, according to witnesses. He died in the hospital where he was taken to. Months before he had made criminal complaints before the State Attorney General’s Office for death threats against him.

Executives, reporters, columnists, photographers and personnel working in Heraldo de Chiapas, strongly condemned the attack suffered by the reporter and demanded that the authorities investigate the murder. This was echoed by workers from different media and the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico (CNDH in its Spanish acronym).

For its part, the State Prosecutor General’s Office (PGE in its Spanish acronym) “strongly condemned” the journalist’s murder and reported that the Homicide Prosecutor’s Office has undertaken investigations stating that it is “aware of the importance of free journalism” and pledged to “exhaust all lines of investigation to clarify this reprehensible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”

It should be noted that with this murder, at least ten reporters have been murdered in Mexico so far in 2018, while in 2017 there were 12. According to the organization for freedom of speech Articulo 19, since the beginning of the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012, at least 44 Mexican communicators have lost their lives in events possibly related to their journalistic activity.

For more information in Spanish:

Acribillan a periodista en Chiapas; había denunciado amenazas de muerte en su contra (Proceso, 21 de septiembre de 2018)

Asesinan a periodista en Chiapas (La Jornada, 21 de septiembre de 2018)

Mario Gómez, corresponsal de El Heraldo de Chiapas, es asesinado; CNDH exige investigar el caso (Sin Embargo, 21 de septiembre de 2018)

Asesinan a periodista en Yajalón, Chiapas (Aristegui Noticias, 21 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Defenders and Journalists Denounce Insufficient Resources for Continuity of Protection Mechanism (Sept. 22nd, 2018)

National: UN-DH urges Mexico to guarantee resources for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders (Sept. 17th, 2018)

National/International: UN and IACHR Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression Call on Mexico to Increase its Efforts to Protect Journalists (Dec. 27th, 2018)

Oaxaca: Cautionary Measures after Journalist Receives Death Threat on Facebook (May 11th, 2018)

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