Mexico: 2 journalists are murdered

September 22, 2011

On 1 September were found the bodies of journalists Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros and Rocío González Trápaga in the community of Iztapalapa in Mexico City.  Their bodies showed clear signs of violence.  These crimes follow the events of the previous week during which the social activist Humberto Millán was killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Yarce Viveros worked in public relations for the magazine Contralínea, media for which she previously had served as journalist and founder; for her part, González Trápaga had been a reporter for Televisa and had worked independently for the last several years.

Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur of the UN for the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Free Expression, manifested his alarm in light of the murder of these journalists.  “These murders, apart from the pain they cause the relatives and friends to whom we send our feelings of solidarity, profoundly aggravate the profession of journalism in Mexico […], which is entirely legitimate in its claims,” said Javier Hernández Valencia, representative in Mexico fhte UN High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights.

With the death of these reporters, the total of killed journalists in 2011 reaches 8, with 74 since 2000.

For more information (in Spanish):

Asesinan a las periodistas Marcela Yarce Viveros y Rocío González, La Jornada, 2 September 2011

ONU condena asesinato de periodistas en DF, El Universal, 4 September 2011

Las periodistas asesinadas murieron por asfixia y recibieron disparos,CNN, 2 September 2011

Profunda consternación del Relator de Libertad de Expresión de la ONU ante asesinato de dos periodistas, 6 September 2011

Comunicado comisión nacional de derechos humanos, September 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: end of official visit to Mexico by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (24 July)

Oaxaca: visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the state (14 July)