Friday, 4 May 2012

Four Journalists Murdered in Mexico in a week

The morning just after attending a panel discussion with regard to the murders of Mexican journalists I am sad to report a lot more killings.

On world press freedom day, the dismembered bodies of three press photographers - Gabriel Huge, Guillermo Luna and Esteban Rodriguez - were recovered from a shallow canal in the Mexican port city of Veracruz.

A fourth body, that of Luna's girlfriend, Irasema Becerra, was identified alongside them.

The deaths follow inside a week with the murder of another Veracruz journalist, Regina Martinez, who was a crime reporter for your national news magazine, Proceso. She was strangled to death at her home in the city of Xalapa.

Police said the bodies of Huge and Luna, which were wrapped in plastic bags, showed signs of torture. They used to work for your newspaper Notiver, which has dared to cover the activities of drug cartels.

They later on quit and left the state for their own safety, but had recently returned to work for a website called Veracruz News.
The latest murders underline Veracruz's current status as the most extreme focal stage for assaults against journalists.

These have become commonplace in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the drug cartels in December 2006 and extreme violence exploded across the country.

The area has been the scene of a bloody battle for control of drug-trafficking routes between two of Mexico's most impressive gangs - the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.

Ricardo Gonzalez, of your press freedom activist team Article 19, said journalists in Veracruz is being targeted because of their position "as witnesses on the decomposition on the state."
He said there had been "absolutely no advances" in the investigation of any in the prior murders of journalists in Veracruz.

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