June 14th, 2019
The previous administration with PRI Enrique Peña Nieto, was one of the most lethal for journalism, with 47 journalists and journalists killed. This was practically two journalists killed every three months in his government, and surpassing those killed in Felipe Calderón's term with 45.
So far in the six years of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (just over six months) the count of journalists killed is alarming. Ten journalists, almost two per month. In a context where Mexico is the second most dangerous country to practice journalism only after Syria (a country that is currently in civil war), violence has intensified. These are the journalists who have been deprived of life.
Jesus Alejandro Márquez Jiménez
On the morning of December 1, 2018, while President López Obrador was protesting. He was found on the side of the Tepic-Pantanal highway in Nayarit. The body of the journalist with the red note and former candidate for alderman by Morena, Jesús Alejandro Márquez Jiménez "The Guamas". Just one day before, on November 30, the journalist received a phone call and after answering, he went aboard his motorcycle. That same night his relatives reported his disappearance.
The journalist was a printer of the weekly "Orión Informativo", where he frequently exhibited characters related to politics and organized crime in Nayarit, in a state governed by the PAN Antonio Echevarría García.
Diego García Corona
On December 4, the journalist of the weekly Morelos, Diego García Corona, was intercepted in the Colonia Jardines de Morelos, in the municipality of Ecatepec, by a group of armed men, while the reporter was driving his car.
The journalist was shot several times in the street of Playas de Marquelina and Avenida Jardines, where his body remained. They could only identify him through the credential that García Corona carried.
Rafael Murúa Manríquez
On Sunday, January 20, the body of Rafael Murúa Manríquez, director of the community radio station Radiokashana and a member of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (Amarc), was found with several bullet wounds to the thorax and a shot to the head in a gutter of a road in the municipality of Mulegé, Baja California Sur. The previous day, Saturday, had been plagiarized by some subjects who took advantage of Murúa's companion had entered a building at that time.
According to Article 19, the journalist had constantly received "intimidating messages from a person allegedly linked to organized crime that required him to remove a journalistic note about a sentenced person", after that he requested his registration in the Mechanism of Protection for Defenders of Human Rights and Journalists, which after all, did not work. He was the first murdered journalist of the year.
Jesús Ramos Rodríguez
Jesús Ramos Rodríguez "Chuchín", radio announcer from Tabasco, had been shot to death on February 9 in the Tabasco municipality of Emiliano Zapata. The communicator was having breakfast in a hotel near the radio station where he broadcast his program "Our region today", when he was attacked, at 6:45 in the morning. He would have turned 56 the next day.
On February 16, in Hermosillo, Sonora, the journalist, broadcaster and television producer, Reynaldo López, had received 14 shots, along with the former Televisa producer, Carlos Cota, who was seriously injured. Lopez died at the scene.
López and Cota Rubio were in the same car on Boulevard Francisco Reynaldo Serna in the Sonoran capital, when they were shot from another vehicle. In the place there were 35 casings of different calibers.
On March 15 again in Sonora, but this time in San Luis Río Colorado. The driver of the program "Good morning, San Luis", director of the informative website Red 653 and columnist Santiago Barroso, was attacked with bullets in his house.
According to the testimonies, two people had knocked on the door of Barroso's house around nine o'clock at night. Once it opened, the attackers shot him. He received three impacts, two in the abdomen and one near the left clavicle. Still alive, Barroso was able to return to the interior of the house and speak to emergencies. One hour after being admitted to the Clinic No. 12 of the IMSS, he lost his life.
Barroso was also a professor at the Technological University of San Luis Río Colorado.
Omar Iván Camacho
Collaborator of Noticieros Chávez Speaker Radiocast and sports journalist Omar Iván Camacho, had left to cover an event on the morning of March 24 in Salvador Alvarado, Sinaloa. It was the last time he had contact with him. Until 7 pm that same day, his body was found under a bridge in that municipality, which presented several blows, one of them caused head trauma and death. The journalist also had a sports news website, Évora Sport.
Telésforo Santiago Enríquez
The Oaxacan journalist and activist Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, speaker of the indigenous community radio station Estéreo Cafetal, was murdered on May 2 in the municipality of San Agustín Loxicha. The communicator approached his work center where he broadcast the radio program when he was intercepted by armed men in the neighborhood of Ampliación de las Tres Cruces de San Agustín.
Francisco Romero "Ñaca-Ñaca", a journalist with a red note from Quintana Roo, died in the Ejidal neighborhood in Playa del Carmen on May 16, his body had multiple shots. The communicator was administrator and director of the Facebook news page "Ocurrió Aquí". He also collaborated for different media in Playa del Carmen as TV Azteca, as well as being a correspondent for Quintana Roo Hoy.
The first woman journalist murdered of the sexennium and of the year, and reason for this note. On June 11, reporter Norma Sarabia was attacked with bullets at the door of her house in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. For 15 years she had been a correspondent for the newspaper Tabasco Hoy. The editor of his newspaper, Héctor Tapia, had assured that the journalist was worried about the insecurity in the area, adjacent to the state of Veracruz.
"More than once I had comments about the fears I had about how difficult insecurity was in Huimanguillo and about some threats that I had received. So we decided to stop giving credit to his notes," the journalist said.
Translator: Martín Caballero