Guerrero: Article 19 urges to investigate political motivations in the case of the murder of the journalist, Gabriel Soriano

November 4, 2018
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In a statement on October 28, the organization for freedom of expression Article 19 urged to investigate possible political motivations in the case of the murder of journalist Gabriel Soriano Kuri. This fact occurred four days earlier in an armed attack in Acapulco, after Soriano ended to give technical support to the journalistic coverage of Radio & Television Guerrero (RTG) to a report of Governor Hector Astudillo Flores.

The Attorney General’s Office has been disseminating a version of the facts according to which the murder was allegedly due to a “road incident”. However, Article 19 referred that one day after the murder of Soriano, a dismembered body was found in the La Poza neighborhood, located in the Diamond Zone of Acapulco with a message that, according to a photo circulating in the media, says the following: “Here you have to respect me fucking government; if you continue to have deals with the Cida (Independent Cartel of Acapulco) that will be the end of you all, journalists and government, you are going to suck my cock. Here (…) the “amarillos” (the Yellows) prevail.

Article 19 recalled that on more than one occasion it has expressed that “Guerrero exemplifies the institutional weakness and the infiltration capacity of organized crime in public entities.” It demanded to clarify whether the assassination of Gabriel was an attack directed and perpetrated by alleged members of organized crime with political motivations. “If so, this homicide would be an unprecedented event because it would confirm that drug trafficking is using the press as cannon fodder to politically press public authorities to achieve their ends. This would signal the beginning of a new form of organized crime violence against journalism”, said.

It also urged the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists to take measures to guarantee the life and personal integrity of the family of Gabriel Soriano as well as of his fellow RTG colleagues.

For more information (in Spanish) :

No hay despegue de violencia, sino asesinatos que causan impacto: gobernador (Acapulco News, 30 de octubre de 2018)

Exige la Felap investigar a fondo el asesinato de Gabriel Soriano (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de octubre de 2018)

Llaman a a investigar motivaciones políticas detrás de asesinato del periodista en Guerrero (Centro Pro DH, 30 de octubre de 2018)

El homicidio de Gabriel Soriano en Acapulco: ¿una nueva forma de violencia del narcotráfico contra el periodismo? (Artículo 19, 28 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Radio and TV Broadcaster from Guerrero Murdered (November 1, 2018)

National/International: UN and IACHR Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression Call on Mexico to Increase its Efforts to Protect Journalists (December 27th, 2017)

Guerrero: Intimidation of El Sur Reporter Zacarias Cervantes Reported (November 30th, 2017)

Guerrero: Attack on Proceso Correspondent (June 14th, 2017)

Guerrero: Xochistlahuaca Reporter Shot at in Ometepec (June 7th, 2017)

Guerrero: Journalist Cecilio Pineda Murdered (March 8, 2017)

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National/Mexico: Torture and murder of journalist and four women

September 10, 2015

Foto @ Cuartoscuro

Photo @ Cuartoscuro

The photojournalist Rubén Espinosa Becerril, who specialized in covering social movements and militated against attacks on the press in Veracruz, was killed together with four women in Mexico City after having decided to move to the nation’s capital given that, since June, he had noted that armed persons were following him and taking pictures of him.  The photographer, who worked freelance for Proceso and Cuartoscuro, warned of his situation to Article 19, the international NGO that defends journalists, and the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) based in New York.  “I have no faith in any State institution.  I do not have faith in the government.  Instead, I fear for my comrades and for myself,” he said.  The Proceso magazine expressed that he had “become a problematic photojournalist for the government,” given that Espinosa took the very photo of the Veracruz governor, Javier Duarte, which was published on the cover of the 1946 issue (15 February 2014) of Proceso, which bothered the potentate.  In Veracruz, the state government reportedly bought up a multiplicity of the issue.

Veracruz is considered the most dangerous state to conduct journalism in Mexico, as 13 journalists have been murdered and three disappeared since 2011, when Javier Duarte began to govern.  In July, Rubén Espinosa had been severe with the Veracruzan state government: “It is saddening to think of Veracruz.  There are no words to say how bad that state is, with that government and the state of the press, and how well-off is corruption.  Death seeks out Veracruz.  Death has decided to install itself there,” he observed in an interview.

The prosecutor Rodolfo Ríos said that “the bodies presented each with a gunshot wound in the head and excoriation in various parts.”  Espinosa and the four women were killed by coup de grace.  Beyond this, sources consulted by Sin Embargo added that the bodies showed signs of having been tortured for a prolonged period, while other media indicated that the women could have been raped.

The identity of the four women who were murdered has not been published in official media, but the names of two of them have been released.  One was a friend of Espinosa’s, named Nadia Vera Pérez.  She was an activist with the student movement #IAm132.  The other was Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, 18 years of age, originally from Mexicali, Baja California.  Another could have been a Colombian woman of 29 years of age, but her name has yet to be released.  The fourth woman was identified as a domestic worker of 40 years of age.  She hailed from Mexico State.

On 2 August, hundreds of journalists, relatives, friends, and citizens carried out a rally at the Angel of Independence and a mobilization before the offices of the Veracruzan government, where they hung a black bun and images of the executed journalist.

For more information (in Spanish):

Rubén Espinosa, un fotógrafo ‘incómodo’ para el gobierno de Duarte (Proceso, 2 de agosto de 2015)

Hemeroteca de la revista Proceso sobre Rubén Espinosa

“La muerte escogió a Veracruz como su casa y decidió vivir ahí”, dice fotógrafo en el exilio (Sin embargo, 1 de julio de 2015)

Rubén Espinosa y las cuatro mujeres recibieron cada uno un tiro de gracia (El País, 3 de agosto de 2015)

Con tiro de gracia, fotoperiodista y 4 mujeres asesinados en la Narvarte (La Jornada, 3 de agosto de 2015)

La evidencia deja en ridículo la versión de “robo” de la PGJDF y pone en la mira a Javier Duarte (Sin embargo, 1 de julio de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead (16 February 2014)

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico (10 February 2015)

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: New attacks on journalists (2 September 2014)


Guerrero: Armed men attack security guard at the offices of the El Sur newspaper

June 9, 2015

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During the night of 18 May, the security guard who was working in the offices of the El Sur newspaper was attacked by two armed men, who insistently asked him about the “manager” of the paper. El Sur presented a denunciation before the Public Ministry to register the attack and act of intimidation. According to the declaration, a week previously, a white Tsuru vehicle lacking plates had been installed some meters from the office’s location.

During the first few days of May, corresponding to the launch of electoral campaigns, Article 19, which favors freedom of speech, documented an attack on journalists each 10.6 hours in Mexico. Guerrero is the most violent state in these terms, having registered 16 of the 34 cases that have been denounced.

For more information (in Spanish):

Temporada electoral, una agresión contra la prensa cada 10.6 horas (Artículo 19, 19 de mayo de 2015)

Agreden hombres armados a un guardia de las oficinas de El Sur tras preguntar por “el gerente” (El Sur, 20 de mayo de 2015)

Guerrero, primer lugar nacional en agresiones a periodistas con 16 de 34 casos (Revolución 3.0, 20 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Police beat journalists during protests for Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: denunciation of intimidation against Proceso correspondent in the state (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur (2 May 2014)

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)


National: Lack of confidence and strong criticisms of the Second Governmental Report presented by EPN

September 15, 2014

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On 1 September, President Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) presented to the Congress his second governmental report after 21 months of management that have seen the approval of 11 structural reforms and negative results in terms of security, economic growth, and employment rate, according to official statistics and experts.

The Movement More than 131 together with Youth Amidst the National Emergency, Migration Table 132, Services and Assessment for Peace (SERAPAZ), the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, and Article 19 launched a video to expose “the questions that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s report omitted” using the hashtag #MexicoHasNoPresident.  SERAPAZ warned that, two years into his administration, more than 23,640 murders have been registered, in addition to 22,322 victims forcibly disappeared.  For its part, Migration 132 stressed that the Southern Border Strategy recently launched by EPN’s government “seeks only to militarize the border.”  Furthermore, Mexico has no official data regarding disappeared migrants. Article 19 reported that during EPN’s government, seven journalists have been murdered, possibly due to the exercise of their profession; that in 2013, 330 attacks on the press were observed in Mexico, with more than 150 journalists assaulted during the first half of 2014.  It noted that “public resources of the State are used to control the editorial line of the communication media.”

Édgar Cortez, from the Mexican Institute on Human Rights and Democracy, indicated that the content of the governmental report is poor, because “it only presents a series of laws and programs as successes, when these are not translated into concrete actions and results” that would result in the observance of these guarantees.  “Neither does it say anything about the great question which has existed since the beginning: impunity.  Nor does it present any strategy for how to combat it,” adding that “it does not deal with serious problems that continue to present themselves in the country,” such as the practice of torture as a means of investigation.  He said that there still are no indications that the government has an effective policy in terms of human rights. José Antonio Lara Duque, coordinator of the Zeferino Ladrillero Center for Human Rights, noted that cases of forcible disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and other human-rights violations continue unabated, since the government has not modified its strategy against organized crime.  Lara Duque observed in addition that, following the approval of the energy reform, a policy will be applied for the imposition of megaprojects that will degrade the rights of ejidtarios and indigenous peoples.

For more information (in Spanish):

Documento: 2º Informe de Gobierno 2013-2014 (septiembre 2014)

EPN habló más de promesas que de logros en 2do informe: PAN y PRD(Aristegui Noticias, 3 de septiembre de 2014)
Muestra Segundo Informe retrocesos en procuración de justicia(Quadratín Oaxaca, 2 de septiembre de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Submission of First Governmental Report amidst protests and mass-disturbances (13 September 2013)

National: Polemical ascension of EPN (7 December 2012)


Oaxaca: new journalist’s murder

August 30, 2014
Octavio  Rojas Hernández (El Buen Tono)

Octavio Rojas Hernández (El Buen Tono)

On August 11, the director of Social Communication of the municipality of San José Cosolapa, Oaxaca and collaborator of the newspaper “El Buen Tono” in Veracruz, Octavio Rojas Hernández was shot dead. His recent articles were about “Chupaductos” referring to a band that was “milking” Pemex pipelines. His research pointed that among those responsible were policemen from the municipality. The chief information officer of El Buen Tono said that this murder has to do directly with these notes. He thus demanded that the police investigation considers this line of research: “For us, the family and even sources within the city council, we all believe it is because of his articles. The Attorney should deepen that line of investigation, investigate well and deal with the consequences. “

Darío Ramírez, Director for Mexico and Central America of ARTICLE 19, an organization that protects the rights of journalists, “the murder of Octavio Rojas is a sad reminder of the latent danger to those who do journalism in Mexico. The murder must not go unpunished, even though all indications are that it will, according to previous cases. If we want a secure and free press, the first thing we need to do is to fight the most poignant sign of encouragement for future aggressions: impunity. “

In an alert related to the case, ARTICLE 19 said they it has documented from January 1, 2007 to the first semester of 2014, at least 139 attacks on the press in Oaxaca, which stand out as one of the three Mexican states with more aggression against reporters in seven years (the first place is the Federal District and the second, Veracruz). Of the total of agressions, four have been murders, 75 physical attacks, 27 threats, 13 acts of intimidation and six arbitrary arrests, to name a few of them. In 58 percent of cases, the alleged perpetrators of the attacks are public officials. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejecutan en Oaxaca a funcionario y corresponsal del diario “El Buen Tono” (Proceso, 12 de agosto de 2014)

Asesinan a balazos funcionario en Oaxaca (El Universal, 12 de agosto de 2014)

Otro periodista fue asesinado: Van 79 homicidios contra periodistas desde 2000 (Animal Político, 13 de agosto de 2014)

ALERTA: Procuraduría de Oaxaca no debe descartar vínculo profesional de comunicador asesinado (Artículo 19, 12 de agosto de 2014)

Página http://www.elbuentono.com.mx/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (June 10, 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (May 16, 2014)


Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism

May 16, 2014

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Photo (@Oaxaca 3.0)

On 3 May, Global day for Freedom of the Press, journalists from different media protested in downtown Oaxaca City to demand legal guarantees and security to allow them to exercise their profession.

According to data from the Mexico City Commission on Human Rights (CDHDF), Oaxaca occupies the second place after Mexico City in the number of death-threats and attacks on journalists this year, reaching a total of 50.

Article 19, an international organization that promotes the protection of journalists throughout the world as well as freedom of expression, has indicated that during the first third of 2014, 66 attacks were registered on journalists in Mexico, with Oaxaca being among the most violent and dangerous states of the country in which to exercise journalism.

“In Oaxaca have occurred lamentable attacks this past year, such as the murder of Alberto López Bello [writer for El Imparcial] and the attack with Molotov cocktails against the offices of the Piñero de la Cuenca in Tuxtepec.  The most alarming thing is that 90 percent of the attacks on journalists continue to enjoy impunity […].  This impunity in attacks on journalists is based on the fact that the authorities are the judges and perpetrators.  Two out of every three attacks are committed by public authorities or officials.  And it is these same governmental institutions which investigate the cases, such that there is a palpable conflict of interests, and for this reason there is no punishment for those responsible,” noted Francisco Sandoval, an adjunct official for Freedom of Expression for Article 19.

For more information (in Spanish):

Oaxaca, quinto estado más peligroso para periodistas (Noticias, 03 de mayo de 2014)

“congeladas” 20 denuncias por agresiones contra periodistas en Oaxaca(Nss Oaxaca, 03 de mayo de 2014)

Exigen periodistas fin a mordaza y seguridad (Noticias, 04 de mayo de 2014)

Oaxaca, segundo lugar en agresiones a periodistas (Oaxaca 3.0, 6 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (23 April 2013)

Mexico: 172 aggressions against journalists in 2011 – Article 19 (2 April 2012)


Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur

May 2, 2014

Brenda Escobar (@yancuic.com)

Brenda Escobar (@yancuic.com)

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)