What a wild custom of burying the dead! Jaime Sabines
“He was a tall, smiling young man. I could never have imagined that he would be wrapped in plastic lying on a dirt road on his own land.” This is how Elena Poniatosca writes of Sinaloa columnist Luis Enrique Ramírez, who “became the star reporter of the culture section of La Jornada and adored himself for his colleagues. Now, in 2022, he becomes the ninth reporter killed in Mexico this year.”
The remembrance is important because it gives a face to Luis Enrique. No, he should not be seen as another victim of this violence against journalists in our country. No person should be making data. That is why it is important to remember him as that restless and smiling journalist who “fell on the writer Elena Garro.”
In Mexico, however, it is difficult to recreate all the faces, the passions, the illusions of the dead. There are so many that we risk burying them without stopping for a moment to remember them. Just a few days after Ramirez’s death, we found photos of two women murdered in a car in Cosoliac, Veracruz, El Veraz Portal director Yesenia Molinedo and reporter Sheila Johanna García. I do not know her deed, although Yesenia’s brother says that he was threatened by the state police to stop him from continuing his investigation into corruption, but their sharp feminine faces are what we see from photographs circulated since his assassination. And force us to think of them as people, not just numbers.
Faces, however, crowded. Just this year there are also Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martinez from Tijuana, Heber López from Salina Cruz, Juan Carlos Muniz from Fresnillo, Jorge Camaro Zazueta from Empalme, Roberto Toledo from Zitacuaro, Jose Luis Gamboa from Veracruz, Zit Linares. In addition to Luis Enrique, Yesenia and Sheila Johanna. They are 11 so far this year. There were seven in all of 2021. According to the report of the Ministry of Home Affairs itself, from December 2006 to March 8, 2022, 252 journalists were killed in the violence. Article 19 states that so far 36 journalists have been killed in this six-year term, though this is still trying to prove. that some cases have been the result of his journalistic work.
The violence in Mexico does not only affect journalists. We are still trying to assimilate the deaths of Debanhi Escobar and Yolanda Martinez into the current brutal wave of violence against women. In 2021, the country recorded 33,308 intentional homicides, 91 each day. We had 26 intentional killings for every 100 thousand inhabitants; Spain, 2020 recorded 0.63.
Journalists should not pay special attention. We are human like anyone else. I have been told that more taxi drivers are killed every year in Mexico than journalists. Maybe I don’t know the number. But the killings of journalists have a negative multiplier effect by silencing information about the use and abuse of the powerful and criminals.
We cannot accept the generalization of killing journalists, women or any human being. The main responsibility of the state is to guarantee security. The main failure of this government and of the previous two governments lies in insecurity and violence. Faced with this reality, it is necessary to remember that each of those killed was a person with a face, with their loved ones, with dreams of life.
Government head Claudia Sheinbaum says she has not paid Norwegian company DNV’s final opinion on the tragedy on Line 12 of the capital metro. In New Mexico, independent expert reports are paid for only if they support the viewpoint of the person who ordered them.
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