SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONDEMNS RENEWED ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS AND THE MEDIA IN
Journalist Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina, of the broadcasting station XEDD Radio La Tremenda in Montemorelos, in the state of Nuevo León, was kidnapped in that city last Friday night, July 9, and his body was found July 10 with a bullet wound to the head. Martínez covered political news and also worked as a correspondent for national Mexican media outlets.
Audiovisual producer and cameraman Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo was riddled with bullets by masked gunmen as he was leaving the newspaper Omnia, in
In another attack, unknown individuals threw a grenade, which did not explode, at the installations of the broadcasting station AW Noticias (XEAW 1290 AM) in
The Office of the Special Rapporteur reiterates that, as established in Principle 9 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, "The murder, kidnapping, intimidation of and/or threats to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of communications media violate the fundamental rights of individuals and strongly restrict freedom of expression. It is the duty of the state to prevent and investigate such occurrences, to punish their perpetrators and to ensure that victims receive due compensation."
In this regard, the Office of the Special Rapporteur urges the Mexican authorities to conduct timely and effective investigations that identify the perpetrators of these crimes and lead to their prosecution and punishment. The conviction of those responsible for crimes against journalists and the media is a necessary condition to dissuade these attacks, compensate the victims, and provide effective protection of freedom of expression.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur urges the Mexican State to immediately adopt measures to protect the free and safe exercise of journalism, such as strengthening the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression; making crimes against journalists federal offenses; and implementing security measures to protect the life and physical integrity of journalists who have received threats.
The deaths of Martínez and Alcaraz bring to nine the number of journalists killed in
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