Miami.- Inter-American Press Association (sip) Cwaved off the humiliating massacre of 11 communicators This year in Mexico, whose most recent victims include two female journalists from Veracruz. The organization reiterated its public appeal to the international community to demand that that country’s state “pay immediate attention to this grave and distressing situation that mourns Mexican and Latin American journalism.”
According to eyewitnesses, Yesenia Molinedo Falconi, director of the El Veraz portal, and Sheila Johanna García Oliveira, a camerawoman for the outlet, were shot yesterday in the parking lot of a convenience store in the Cerro Alto neighborhood of Veracruz. According to local media, both were taken to a hospital in the area, where their deaths were reported.
Canahuti, president of the IAPA and CEO of Honduras’ Grupo Opsa, said that “the killing of journalists in Mexico is outrageous and exceeds one’s ability to understand what can be done to ensure that journalists can do their jobs without being victimized.” are violence”. He considered it “essential” that the international community “immediately pay attention to this grave and distressing situation mourning Mexican and Latin American journalism”.
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Carlos Jornet, chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, said that “although the exact motives of these crimes and others that occurred a few days earlier in Sinaloa are unknown, it is imperative that the authorities take the massacre more seriously of journalists, whose The effect is all over the world”.
“We ask the police to end all lines of investigation and severely punish these crimes,” said Jornet, the journalistic director of the newspaper La Voz del Interior in Argentina, “because that’s the only way to stop so much violence.” Is. ,
An international delegation from the IAPA, led by Canahuti, will travel to Washington, DC from May 24 to 26 to address violence against Mexican journalism, among other issues. The IAPA delegation is planning a meeting with US officials and legislators, as well as a meeting with Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States.
The cases of Yesenia Molinedo Falconi and Sheila Johanna García Oliveira join other murders in Mexico this year: Luis Enrique Ramírez, in Culiacán, Sinaloa; Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martinez, Tijuana, Baja California; Heber Lopez Cruz, Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; Juan Carlos Muez, in Fresnillo, Zacatecas; Jorge Camaro in Zazueta, Splice, Sonora; Robert Toledo, in Zitacuaro, Michigan; Jose Luis Gamboa, Veracruz, Veracruz, and Armando Linares, in Zitacuaro, Michigan.
The report on Mexico, presented in April at the IAPA’s biennial meeting, said: “The world’s leading non-governmental organizations agree on the degree of threat present in the country to the practice of journalism.” In resolutions released from the same meeting on impunity and killings, attacks against journalists and security mechanisms, Mexico’s federal and state governments have been asked to take different actions to prevent violence and protect journalists.
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The Chapultepec Index, an IAPA barometer that measures the performance of institutions in terms of freedom of expression and the press, places Mexico 16th out of 22 countries assessed. The study establishes that “violence against journalists intensified, leading to the view that there is a hostile environment in the country for the exercise of freedom of expression.”
IAPA condemns “outrageous massacre” of journalists in Mexico