Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, and this situation is notorious in the southern state of Veracruz.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, despite increased international attention to the murders of journalists, governments fail to take action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity.
In the past 10 years, 370 journalists have been murdered worldwide; in 90 percent of cases, there are no convictions.
The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.
Mexican photojournalist Félix Márquez works under the threat of violence, as well as activist Jorge Sánchez, who is fighting for a proper investigation into the murder of his father, newspaper owner Moisés Sánchez.
Six months ago, journalist Moisés Sánchez was kidnapped in Veracruz, and his body was found three weeks later.
Freedom of Press?
January 2nd 2015, several unidentified armed men kidnapped Mexican journalist José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo from his home in the municipality of Medellín de Bravo in central Veracruz and seized the journalist’s computer, camera and other electronic materials, the journalist’s dead body was found three weeks later.
March 15th, 2015, Carmen Aristegui, one of the country’s most popular radio journalists, was fired from MVS Radio after she exposed government corruption with investigative reporting that made international headlines, and then demanded that the privately owned station reinstate two investigative reporters.
Independent journalist and Mayan activist of Quintana Roo, Pedro Celestino Canché Herrera was detained and imprisoned on August 30, 2014, he was arrested by state security forces and charged with sabotage in the state of Quintana Roo. However, 10 months later, on May 2015, a local court declared Canché innocent of the charges and ordered him to be released, Maria Araceli Andrade Tomala, Canché’s lawyer, declared that the journalist was unjustly imprisoned.
May 6, 2015, the body of Veracruz radio journalist Armando Saldaña Morales was found in the neighboring Mexican state of Oaxaca, the journalist had been shot four times in the head and his body showed signs of abuse, the local press said.
July 2, 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento in Miahuatlán, a municipality in the southern state of Oaxaca. Sánchez was shot around 9:30 a.m. outside the offices of radio station La Favorita 103.3FM “La Voz de la Sierra Sur”, where he hosted a news program.
July 7th, 2015, journalist Juan Mendoza Delgado was found dead in the state of Veracruz, Mendoza was the director and founder of the local news website “Escribiendo la Verdad” in Medellín de Bravo, he was also a taxi driver.
Rubén Espinosa, photojournalist who had fled to the capital from Veracruz state after receiving threats, was found murdered in a Mexico City apartment on Friday July 31st, along with 4 women.
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