The murders of journalists Yesenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila Johana Garcia Olvera that occurred on May 9th in Veracruz, as well as that of Luis Enrique Ramirez Ramos, a journalist and political analyst who was kidnapped and murdered just four days earlier in the north of the country, raise to 11 the number of communicators murdered in Mexico. The delegation of the European Union (EU) and the embassies of its member states in Mexico, as well as those of Norway and Switzerland condemned these murders. “The events that have occurred in less than a week reflect once again the very serious degree of violence and intimidation that many journalists in Mexico face”, the diplomatic representatives said.
Veracruz is the state that, according to Article 19, has been the deadliest for communicators, totalling 31 journalists killed since 2000. Mexico, however, is only below Ukraine, a country at war where they report almost the same number of murders, forced disappearances, attacks and grievances against media workers. This, added to the 99 percent of impunity that prevails in the Latin American country.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said for its part that it is urgent to implement measures to strengthen the federal protection mechanism, to stop the harassment of journalists who criticize the government and to put an end to the “almost absolute” impunity for these crimes. Tyler Mattriace, researcher for the Americas at HRW, assured that “this year is on the way to becoming the deadliest in history for journalists in Mexico” and that “President Lopez Obrador has not only failed to address violence against the press, but also continues to use his morning conferences to harass and intimidate journalists.” The “theater” of public order represented by the messages of “Zero impunity” “does not guarantee that there will be justice for the murders”, the organization stated.
For more information in Spanish:
Asesinan a las periodistas Yesenia Mollinedo y Johana García de ‘El Veraz’ en Veracruz (El Financiero, 9 de mayo de 2022)
Periodistas asesinadas/os en México, en relación con su labor informativa (Artículo 19, 15 de marzo de 2022)
México, más letal para el periodismo después de Ucrania (El Heraldo de Chihuahua, 15 de mayo de 2022)
México debe abordar la violencia incesante contra periodistas (Human Rights Watch, 3 de mayo de 2022)
“Es muy grave”: Unión Europea vuelve a condenar asesinato de periodistas en México (Reporte Índigo, 12 de mayo de 2022)
Condena UE recientes asesinatos de periodistas en México (La Jornada, 12 de mayo de 2022)
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