National: Journalist Rafael Murua Murdered


Rafael Murua Manrique, director of the community radio station Radiokashana, was reported missing since January 19th, 2019 and his body was found the next day in Baja California Sur. He is the first journalist killed so far this year.

The governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, condemned the murder of the communicator, and instructed the Attorney General’s Office (PGJ in its Spanish acronym) to exhaust all lines of investigation to clarify the fact.

After the disappearance of the 34-year-old journalist, originally from Santa Rosalia, the organization Articulo 19 demanded that the authorities “carry out a diligent and exhaustive investigation of the facts, as well as the complete and efficient activation of the search and location protocols, along with the implementation of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists.”

For its part, the group Foot Journalists (Periodistas de a pie) warned that the victim had received threats.

For more information in Spanish:

Asesinan al periodista Rafael Murúa; gobernador de BCS asegura que crimen no quedará sin castigo (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2019(

Rafael Murúa, el primer periodista asesinado en México en 2019 (BBC, 22 de enero 2019)

Asesinan al periodista Rafael Murúa en Baja California Sur; el primero de 2019 (Animal Político, 21 de enero de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: siete periodistas denuncian amenaza colectiva vía Facebook, 14/12/2018

National: 161 Defenders and 40 Journalists Murdered in Last Presidential Term of Office
(December 14th, 2018)

National: Federal Mechanism for Journalists and Defenders without Funding (October 14th, 2018)

National: Defenders and Journalists Denounce Insufficient Resources for Continuity of Protection Mechanism (September 26th, 2018)

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


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