The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has initiated an investigation into the attacks perpetrated against journalist Brenda Escobar, a correspondent for the daily El Sur. On 21 April, the reporter publicly denounced that security personnel for Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero had beaten her upon her approach to the governor to record the collective interview he was giving at that time. She noted that “despite that the governor was mere meters from the security cordon his bodyguards had made to prevent my approaching their boss, he ignored me when on numerous occasions I yelled at him telling him that his escorts would not let me pass; I even asked his private secretary, Armando Añorve, to authorize my crossing through the security line, but he replied that the governor was already being interviewed and then, ‘no, not you’ […]. I insisted that they let me pass through the line, but what the bodyguards did was grab me until asphixiation and then another elbowed me in the stomach.”
Angulo Osorio, director general of the newspaper, reported that governor Ángel Aguirre called the paper personally and committed to take measures so as to ensure that attacks by his bodyguards against journalists not happen again.
Since the beginning of the year, the international organization Article 19 has registered 66 attacks on the press in Mexico, representing 16 more than took place in the same period of 2013. It has reported that the most dangerous and violent states for journalists are Veracruz, Mexico City, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa.
For more information (in Spanish):
Investiga la CNDH agresiones contra periodistas en Guerrero y Sonora(Proceso, 22 de abril de 2014)
Indaga CNDH agresión a periodistas en Guerrero y Sonora (El Universal, 22 de abril de 2014)
Guaruras agreden a reportera de El Sur frente al gobernador (El Sur, 22 de abril de 2014)
Abre la CNDH una investigación por la agresión de escoltas del gobernador a reportera de El Sur (El Sur, 23 de abril de 2014)
Artículo 19 reporta 66 agresiones a la prensa en México en tres meses; Veracruz, DF y Guerrero, los más violentos (Sin embargo, 23 de abril de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013” (28 March 2014)