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In this area are compiled reports that may or may not be linked to the legal proceedings contained in this page, as well as any other information that affects the climate of impunity or justice surrounding crimes against journalists.
2011 - 7 - 26

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed outrage at the murder in Mexico of reporter Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz from the Veracruz newspaper Notiver and issued a strong call on the country’s federal and state authorities to investigate the crime to identify those responsible.

IAPA President Gonzalo Marroquín, president of the Guatemala City, Guatemala, newspaper Siglo 21, offered his sympathy to the journalist’s family and colleagues and urged the Mexican authorities “to act promptly and investigate the crime so as to determine who was responsible and prevent those who resort to violence in restricting press freedom in Mexico from continuing to go unpunished.”

Ordaz de la Cruz, who covered security and drug trafficking matters for her newspaper, had gone missing on July 24. Her abandoned body was discovered this morning in the Veracruz township of Boca del Río, with signs of her having been tortured and having her throat slit. Local news media quoted official sources as saying the motive for her murder was not immediately known.

She was the second journalist from the same newspaper to have been killed in a little over one month. Miguel Angel López Velasco, a Notiver columnist, his wife and 21-year-old son were murdered on June 20 by an armed group that burst into their home.

For his part, the chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Robert Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Express-News, repeated a request that “the government should honor its commitment made in September last year to pursue legal reforms to make the murder of a journalist a federal offense and to ensure reporters’ safety.”

Ordaz de la Cruz had been indirectly threatened on blankets thrown over the bodies of people who had been murdered and in videos shown on Youtube. In those warnings it was suggested that she was linked to a group of drug traffickers belonging to the self-styled Zetas cartel, according to information obtained by the IAPA’s Rapid Response Unit in Mexico. Officials, who have not begun an investigation into this, discarded the possibility that the crime is connected to the publication of news reports, although think it might be linked to organized crime.

So far this year in addition to Ordaz de la Cruz and López Velasco, both from Notiver, also murdered in Mexico have been Luis Emmanuel Ruiz Castillo, Noel López Olguín and technical engineer Rodolfo Ochoa Moreno. Meanwhile, Marco Antonio López has been missing since early last month.

From 2003 to date 10 journalists have been murdered in the state of Veracruz, with the majority of these cases not believed to be linked to their work as journalists. However, the authorities have not reported on the results of their investigations nor arrested anyone.

2011 - 7 - 21
The 15 songs that were finalists in the music contest “Lend Your Voice For Those Who Have No Voice” held by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) as part of its international campaign to end impunity surrounding crimes against journalists have been recorded on a virtual CD available to the public on the Web site

2011 - 7 - 1

Miami (July 1, 2011)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed outrage at the murder in Colombia of journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez and called for a prompt investigation to determine who was responsible.

2011 - 6 - 24

Former IAPA President Rafael Molina, editor of the newspaper El Día, was consulted as an expert witness by the Inter-American Human Rights Court concerning public hearings to begin next week on the forced disappearance in May 1994 of journalist, professor and opposition leader Narciso González Medina, a critic of the then Dominican Republic president, Joaquín Balaguer.

2011 - 6 - 21

Miami (June 21, 2011)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed indignation over the murder yesterday of journalist Miguel Angel López Velasco, his wife and son at their home in Veracruz. The organization called for “concrete action by the authorities to end the violence.”

2011 - 6 - 15
Luis Parra Meixueiro, Noticias Voz e Imagen

The murder of American journalist Brad Roland Will, committed in 2006 in Santa Lucía del Camino, is one of the attacks on newsmen that continue to go unpunished in our country, is the conclusion of a report by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and of expression, Frank La Rue, who visited Mexico with the objective of observing the state of freedom of opinion and free speech in the country.

2011 - 6 - 10
By Ian Tennant

Journalism organizations are praising two guilty verdicts handed down June 9 in the murder case of Chauncey Bailey, a reporter and editor for the Oakland Post who was gunned down as he walked to work on Aug. 2, 2007.

2011 - 6 - 8
Miami.-The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today called on Mexico’s federal and state governments to employ stronger political and legal will to deal with several incidents that have occurred in the states of Baja California, Coahuila and Veracruz involving the murder of journalists. The organization said it is urgent to end to the high degree of impunity that prevails in the country that is deteriorating press freedom and free speech.

2011 - 6 - 3
PEN, Canada

Toronto, June 3, 2011 — In a report released today, Corruption, Impunity Silence: The War on Mexico’s Journalists, PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law expose the Mexican government’s repeated failure to protect the human rights of journalists, its complicity in a number of rights violations against them, and the web of Mexican laws that limit freedom of expression and effectively gag journalists who seek to expose government corruption.

2011 - 6 - 1
María Idalia Gómez, RRU-Mexico

On the afternoon of May 30, 1984 journalist Manuel Buendía was murdered in Mexico City. Shortly before, as he was leaving his office, a man approached him from behind and shot him five times. The unidentified assailant jumped on a motorcycle being driven by another man and fled.

2011 - 6 - 1

New York, June 1, 2011—The murders of 251 journalists have gone unpunished over the past decade in 13 nations where justice is failing and free expression is threatened, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a new report published today. CPJ’s 2011 Impunity Index identifies countries worldwide where journalists are murdered regularly and governments are unable or unwilling to solve the crimes.

2011 - 5 - 23
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND -- The case against the former head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, accused of ordering the slayings of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men, is built upon an admitted "stone-cold murderer" and "prolific liar" who brokered a deal with prosecutors, defense attorneys told jurors Thursday.

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