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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.
2010 - 1 - 19
María Idalia Gómez, RRR-Mexico

Early on the morning of Saturday, January 16 the authorities found the body of radio reporter José Luis Romero in a municipality in the north of Sinaloa state. He had been tortured and apparently secretly buried.

2010 - 1 - 18
MIAMI, Florida (January 18, 2010)–The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today welcomed news of the approval by the Bahia state government in Brazil to make reparation payments to the family of journalist Manoel Leal de Oliveira, founder and editor of the newspaper A Região, murdered in 1998. This act put the state in compliance with a recommendation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

2010 - 1 - 18
Ricardo Trotti, Impunity Project Director

The Mexican government fails to understand its responsibility to investigate and seek justice in cases of the murder of journalists, an attitude that encourages those who resort to violence to continue their crime wave against the press, which makes Mexico the most violent country in the Americas to work in as a journalist.

2010 - 1 - 11
Maria Idalia Gómez, URR-Mexico

Valentín Valdés Espinosa was 29. He was known for “his professionalism, his dedication, a passion for and commitment to journalism.” On Thursday, January 7 they kidnapped him, tortured him and after midnight killed him. The Public Prosecutor’s Office has reasons to believe that those who carried out the murder and those behind it belong to organized crime.

2010 - 1 - 4

The IAPA renewed its plea to the government of the Brazilian state of Bahia to reopen investigation into the 1998 murder of journalist Manoel Leal de Oliveira and accelerate payment of reparations to his family under terms of an agreement reached between the IAPA and the Brazilian federal government at the request of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

2009 - 12 - 31

Effective and ongoing support is being given by newspaper readers throughout the Americas to a campaign that the IAPA is waging regarding crimes against journalists going unpunished, adding their voices by going online to the campaign Web site.

2009 - 12 - 31

The president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Alejandro Aguirre, managing editor of the Miami, Florida, Spanish-language newspaper Diario Las Américas, reviewed what has occurred in the Western Hemisphere with respect to freedom of the press and expression during 2009.

2009 - 12 - 29

In a new step in its hemisphere-wide campaign to create public awareness and have unpunished murders of journalists solved the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today called on the Chief Justice of the Honduras Supreme Court, Jorge Alberto Rivera Avilés, to act to see that investigations into the deaths of three journalists in his country move ahead.

2009 - 12 - 28

The December 22 murder of Alberto Velázquez, a reporter with the Tulum newspaper Expresiones, brought the number of such homicides in Mexico in 2009 to 12, with a total of 57 news men and women having lost their lives from the year 2000 to date, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) reported in a press release.

2009 - 12 - 23

News men and women are alarmed at “the state of lack of safety and the violence that has turned Mexico into the most dangerous country not engaged in a civil war to work as a journalist,” say various Mexican journalist labor unions, professional organizations and publications that are signatories to a letter of complaint delivered to Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez in which they declare that “impunity is today one of the principal causes that attacks upon the work of the press are proliferating.”

2009 - 12 - 22

The investigation into the Alfredo Jiménez Mota “is stalled due to a climate of corruption, protection of drug traffickers and complicity of public officials surrounding the criminal process”, declares an open letter from friends and residents in the Mexican state of Sonora where the young reporter for the Hermosillo newspaper El Imparcial went missing more than four years ago.

2009 - 12 - 21

Four resolutions concerning the murder of journalists adopted at the conclusion of the IAPA’s General Assembly in Buenos Aires in November have been sent to 78 government entities in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico calling for action to spur investigations and legal proceedings in murder cases occurring during the year and in other so-far unpunished crimes.

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