45 journalists killed in Mexico since 2000; rights body appeals for end to impunity
The appeal from the CNDH follows the recent murders of Miguel Ãngel VillagÃ³mez Valle, editor of the newspaper La Noticia, in LÃ¡zaro CÃ¡rdenas, MichoacÃ¡n state; David GarcÃa Monroy, columnist from El Diario, Chihuahua; and JosÃ© Armando RodrÃguez CarreÃ³n, from El Diario in Ciudad JuÃ¡rez, in the state of Chihuahua.
The largest number of killings of journalists has been in Tamaulipas, where nine cases were recorded since 2000. Six journalists were slain in Chihuahua, and four in each of the following states: Veracruz, Oaxaca and MichoacÃ¡n.
The CNDH also refers to the recent attack on the offices of the CuliacÃ¡n newspaper El Debate earlier this month, which it said was an attack on the fundamental rights of the newspaper’s workers. Two grenades were thrown at the offices in the early hours of the morning of Nov. 17. No one was hurt.
Towards the end of last week, the global non-profit Reporters Without Borders issued a statement appealing to the international community, and especially the United States and Canada, to grant asylum to journalists fleeing Mexico.
Violence against journalists in Mexico has become increasingly intense over the last few years. In 2007, Reporters Without Borders said in its annual report that the country in 2006 was second only to Iraq in dangers for journalists.
Today, the CNDH said that it "deplores…the lack of results from investigations to identify and apprehend those responsible."
— Deborah Bonello in Mexico City