Attacks on journalists continue across country

In Veracruz on Wednesday, the editor of La Opinion de Poza Rica, Armando Arrieta Granados, was shot twice just outside his home in Poza Rica, Veracruz.  He is reported to be in “grave” condition in an IMSS hospital.

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 9.53.34 PMAlso on Wednesday, a journalist covering crime stories in Los Cabos was attacked in his car.  He was not injured, but his bodyguard was shot five times and killed.  The writer, Julio Omar Gómez Sánchez, wrote for “911 Noticias“, an internet news source covering crime and violence.  He was under official protection because of previous attacks in December 2016 and February 2017.  The bodyguard, Alfredo de la Cruz, was a 50-year old former soldier, assigned by the special prosecutor’s office for crimes against freedom of speech (FEADLE).

These attacks follow on the heels of the killing of Miroslava Breach of La Jornada and El Norte in Chihuahua on March 23.  Breach has written many stories on the impact of drug traffickers on the local populations in the mountains of Chihuahua.  On March 19, Ricardo Monlui, a writer for  El Político and El Sol de Córdoba, was gunned down in a restaurant in Yanga, Veracruz. He wrote on the condition of sugar cane workers in the state.

According to Animal Politico, the FEADLE prosecutors office has investigated the killings of 47 journalists from July 2010 through December 2016.  Only three have resulted in convictions.


Sources:  Letra Roja, Reuters, Animal Politico.  Cartoon:  Nericlon, El Economista

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