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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@Article 19


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)


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”

March 28, 2014

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

Darío Ramírez (@Desinformémonos)

On 16 March, the home of the General Director of the Mexico and Central American Office of Article 19 belonging to Darío Ramírez was harassed.  Work documents as well as other valued objects and computers were stolen, according to a denunciation submitted to the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (PGJDF).  The press release distributed by Article 19 after the act stressed that this is “the fifth security incident that personnel from the organization have faced […] since April 2013.”  Beyond this, the acts took place two days before the organization released its report “Dissent in Silence: Violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013.”  In this sense, the bulletin expressed that “we are concerned that the harassment of the home would be a message of intimidation for those who seek to inhibit our work in favor of freedom of expression.”

On 18 March, however, there was held an event to present the 2013 report as planned, which indicates that each 26.5 hours a journalist is attacked in Mexico.  In 2013, Article 19 documented 330 aggressions against journalists and media institutions (59% more than in 2012), including 59 against women.  These statistics are the highest since 2007, though in 2013 five journalists died, two fewer than in 2012.  More than 60 attacks on journalists took place during protests, in a way that the report indicates as showing the “authorities choosing for the path of repression and direct confrontation.”  In 59.3% of the cases, a public official has been responsible.  Although the problem revolves around states already noted in the country (such as Veracruz, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas), Article 19 notes that the documented attacks allow one to see a “pattern of dissemination toward other states” such as, for example, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Baja California, and Zacatecas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Funcionarios públicos y crimen organizado, principales agresores de periodistas (Analisis Centro Prodh, 19 de marzo de 2014)

2013, el año más violento para la prensa en México: Artículo 19 (Animal político, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Primer año de Peña, el más violento para la prensa desde 2007: Artículo 19(Proceso, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Informe completo 2013 (Artículo 19, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Allanan la casa del Director de Artículo 19; solicita protección (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de Artículo 19 (Artículo 19, 17 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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


Oaxaca: Detention of journalist Ernesto Reyes

July 31, 2009
Fuente: www.libertad-expresion.org.mx

Fuente: http://www.libertad-expresion.org.mx

On the 21st July, members of the Mexican Army in Oaxaca detained and condemned the newspaper journalist Ernesto Reyes Martínez, who writes for Noticias Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca and works as correspondent for the radio station XEW, part of the radio newsreel Hoy por Hoy. Ernesto Reyes Martínez was detained whilst taking photographs of an alleged detention that was happening on the federal highway. Various organizations, such as the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (LIMEDDH) and ARTICLE19 have condemned the detention, stating that “the illegal retention of the journalist lasted an hour and 30 minutes, during which time he was kept in solitary confinement and was not allowed to make telephone calls”. It is important to recognize the precarious situation in which many journalists find themselves in Mexico, a country that is marked for being the second most dangerous in the world in regards to human rights violations of journalists. In light of this event, ARTICLE19 and Cencos have called upon the state government to “adopt the necessary means to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, as the privation of the right of society to be informed is a direct threat for the consolidation of democracy”.

For more information, see:

“Militares obstruyen ejercicio periodistico en Oaxaca”, Cimacnoticias (22/07/2009)

“Alerta-LE: Militares obstruyen ejercicio periodistico en Oaxaca”, Campaña permanente de protección a periodistas en México (21/07/2009)