Chiapas:  Journalist Roberto Flores Missing 

Roberto Flores, journalist and director of the “Chiapas Denuncia ¡Ya!” website is missing; he was last seen on September 20th in Comitan, Chiapas, where he comes from.

“Chiapas Denuncia ¡Ya!” is an news site that covers topics such as security of the state and citizen complaints against alleged irregularities by authorities in the state. According to the organization for freedom of expression Article 19, Flores had received intimidating messages after publishing information related to the Sinaloa Cartel. Various organizations and groups that monitor the human rights of journalists have joined their voices to demand that the journalist be presented alive.

According to records from organizations that defend freedom of expression, this year is shaping up to be one of the most violent against the press in the country. From January to August 23rd, Article 19 counts 11 journalists killed in possible relation to their journalistic work, its highest figure for this type of record in the last decade, exceeding the total number of crimes for full years, such as the seven of 2020 and 2021, respectively. Currently “in Mexico every 14 hours a journalist or media outlet is attacked for carrying out their work”, the same organization says.

For more information in Spanish:

Reportan desaparición de Roberto Flores, periodista chiapaneco (Aristegui Noticias, 26 de septiembre de 2022)

Desapareció en Chiapas el periodista Roberto Flores; Fiscalía del Estado ya investiga el caso (Infobae, 26 de septiembre de 2022)

Confirman desaparición del periodista Roberto Flores en Chiapas (La Jornada, 26 de septiembre de 2022)

El periodista Roberto Carlos Flores Mendoza desaparece en La Pileta, Chiapas(Sin Embargo, 26 de septiembre de 2022)

Denuncian en Chiapas la desaparición del periodista Roberto Flores (Animal Político, 25 de septiembre de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Journalist Carlos Herrera Hernandez Threatened in San Cristobal de Las Casas (June 26, 2022)

Chiapas: Tapachulan Journalists Leave Country Due to Threats June 8, 2022)
National: Alarming Number of Murdered Journalists in Mexico – One Fewer than Ukraine (May 19, 2022)

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