Friday, April 21, 2017

Fifth Communicator Assassinated in Mexico in Less Than Two Months



Photo: Raúl Pérez / Proceso


Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Journalist and activist Juan José Roldán, 36, became the fifth journalist killed in the last two months after his body was found with signs of torture on a dirt road in the state of Tlaxcala, the Union of Tlaxcala Journalists (UPET) reported.

Members of the UPET reported that Roldán’s body was discovered Sunday morning in the municipality of Calpulalpan, when the 911 emergency service reported finding a man without vital signs.

Therefore, UPET demanded a transparent and immediate investigation to punish those responsible, and in agreement with the state attorney general’s office (PGJE), they have already begun work to clarify the incident.

Juan José Roldán


On April 14, another communicator in charge of the police section of a blog in Baja California Sur was assassinated, while in March, the murder victims were Journalist Ricardo Monlui in Veracruz, Cecilio Pineda in Guerrero, and Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua.  In addition, the reporter and director of the newspaper La Opinión de Poza Rica, Armando Arrieta Granados, was seriously injured after being shot in Veracruz, as he is still in recovery.  None of the above cases have been solved yet.

Regarding Veracruz, the state continues to be the one that poses the greatest danger to journalists, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ONU-DH) in Mexico.


Michel Frost, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said in January that journalists and advocates in Mexico are working with a “death trend,” making it one of the “most dangerous” countries to work in communication and advocate of rights, while the aggressors enjoy a “worrying impunity of 98%.”  He also highlighted the “worrying” situation of women advocates, who are victims of a “pattern of attacks and violence.”

According to Article 19, 99.75% of the attacks and assassinations against journalists remained in impunity, and at least 53% of them were committed on the orders of public officials.

According to the organization, 2016 was the record year with 11 journalists assassinated and over 400 attacks against the press in Mexico were committed.

38 comments:

  1. "Nur die besten sterben jung."
    Rest in peace. An other fallen hero

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  2. Sad this unprecedented means continues to go unpunished. So true are the facts and statistics pertaining journalists and all those who shed light on criminal activities. Moreover government impunity and affiliations associated to organized crime.
    Question is when will nations step up to this humanitarian crisis?

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    1. 9:21 at leat the creminales did not steal his camera, but tha polesias may have stolen the film, nice mask.

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  3. Inexpressibly sad

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  4. Not Somalia, not Iraq, not China, not Iran, but our neighbour right next door: Mexico!

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    1. 10:31 not Somalia, nor iraq, not china, not iran, but the US... who pays the mexican government billions and billions of dollars that help them do this, military training, usurious "loans", to pay interest in older usurious" loans, financial heavens and sanctuary refuge to hide from justice when the time comes.
      The US owns our corrupt mexican government, talk to them...

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    2. The truth is sicarios may murder most anybody, but more than 99% of the contractz come from government officers trying to hold on the their rightful property or to obtain ownership or to keep their fat hide intact.

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    3. The reason the us gov gives Mexico money is to keep them in debt. That way no other country like Russia or China can come in and make Mexico their bitch. The us cannot have communism right next door.

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    4. @4:15AM Novel Theory. But your nalgas are showing.

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    5. I DO NOT THINK IT IS RIGHT TO KILL JOURNALIST FOR DOING THERE JOB. But I imagine for those in the DOPE GAME It must be pretty nerve wrecking and annoying waking up in the morning and seeing your face and your business all over the paper and on the 6 o'clock news. I imagine it would make ppl very angry and VERY PARANOID. Just my opinion

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    6. @12;23PM I don't have any sympathy for how a dope peddler would feel waking up and seeing his picture on the front page or seeing stories about him on the 6 o'clock news. If I were a dope peddler i wouldn't be thinking on silencing or taking revenge on a reporter. My first thoughts would be I need to get the hell out of Dodge city. It is not being paranoid to worry that someone with a badge is going to come looking for me.

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    7. @11:19 'novel theory'!!!??? WTF! Where have you been living until now? Under a rock? Ever hear of a place called Cuba? All the armed conflicts in Central America in the 70's and 80's???

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    8. @6:03 wtf is wrong with you it's not about sympathy it's about people's livelihoods When ppl report on what dangerous ppl are doing what do u think is going to happen??? The journalist and bad guy gonna hang out and have a beer??? Na bra dangerous guy or in your words "dope peddler" is gonna SHOOT TO KILL.. Just my opinion.

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  5. 53% committed on orders from public officials!Atrocious!They must have been close to the truth.

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    1. Yup..53% of them were committed on the orders of public officials, according to Article 19. Please tell me, you who have a broken keyboard, what is Article 19? And...who is they? What truth?

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    2. @5:35PM Article 19 is a human rights organization focusing on free speech and a free press. It's title is taken from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.
      It is one of the most respected and active Human Rights groups in the world reporting on violence against journalist and offering protection to journalist.

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    3. thank you dd. Now the rest of us have a hope understanding one more post on here. Seriously, thanks!

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  6. This is why certain Mexican journalists are seeking asylum in the USA. But of course the BB immigration experts will never comprehend the struggle. All they care about is keeping their family safe from ISIS. WTF? What does a asylum seeking Mexican journalist have to do with ISIS? When I read comments about keeping my family safe I read we don't need anymore people with skin darker than mine in the US5

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    1. Wow! Really stirring the pot with the unjustly asylum seekers policies which are implemented. Unfavorable by many due the legal process entailed.
      I have no objection to permitting those who are applicable and is warranted for such.
      People's of all colors and race have the same
      opportunities by law. And thus must follow the requirements and policies given to all for approval.
      We all must abide. Patience is a virtue.....

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    3. @3:47 no name. I accidentally removed your comment. Sorry about that. Can you post it again.

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    4. @12:46 Equal opportunities by law is a wonderful concept and policy. But statistics make me wonder if there is not a little bit of bias in the implementation of those policies.

      In fiscal 2016 there was a 13.3 percent overall rate of approved asylum claims in the United States.

      Approval rate for Mexicans applying for asylum during the same time period was less than 4 percent, even though some parts of Mexico are some of the most dangerous in the world.

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    5. If what you are starting is true with the statistics of such a dismal percentage. Then there is definitely an issue. Bias and racism is not by any means acceptable. As an American I do stress equality among individuals. Regardless of race or religion.

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    6. The policies that are implemented are not being followed by those who have the power to approve asylum. Immigration judges are obviously being told to drag their feet on cases with the hopes the seekers will just go home. Those asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America are probably more scrutinized by our government just because they don't live in a official war zone. How would any of you like to sit in jail for months and for some cases years with no bond for basically committing a misdemeanor. Is that fair? Why seek asylum anyway if you can pay coyote as little as $1000 to get you into the US illegally I'll tell you why it's because their story is legitimate. And trust me it's pretty freaking easy to enter this country illegally. Just about everyone I know who has been deported for illegal entry into the US is right back here like they never left. And I live 4 hours from the southern border.

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    7. @8:50 you said;
      "sit in jail for months and for some cases years with no bond for basically committing a misdemeanor". Many have committed no crime, like the reporter from Acapulco who with his attorney by his side walked up to an ICE agent and said "I am seeking asylum". That is not a crime.

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    8. dd, hypocrisy is rampant on policies, mexicans are not that much wanted in the us by government officers, nobody.wants.to be "blamed and demonized" for making the mexicans a more powerful voting block that has been reinforcing "the left" and voted overwhelmingly for the likes of Obama, and that is all, together with the disenfranchising of the black voters because of their being "criminals", or not being "real american citizens" or not having all their documents, or plain intimidation at the polling places patrolled by armed white supremacistas or the polling places being understaffed or too far and inaccessible.
      IF the US is not supposed to accept refugees, they should not be supporting LatinAmerican satraps or imposing dictators in "their banana republics"...
      --of course, accepting millions of dollars from Maduro or receiving the former Colombian presidents in secret and Marla-Lago or russian envoys in secret at the WHITES' HOUSE is the new normal, they are not going to stick around after delivering their "me$$$ages"

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  7. Hey this is off topic but if y'all want or need pictures one day of famous sinaloa cartel members y'all should check out cartel727 on instagram there's a bunch of never seen pictures.


    Tommy Vercetti

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  8. My brother was kidnapped and tortured while going to a viacruzis to chiapas, he was found this past tuesday after 5 days missing, PGR didnt do anything to helped him out, he is a us citizen , human rights activist and has helped lots of people that have been deported, thank god we found him alive. No agent or police would help him in mexico, he pleaded for help through facebook live video

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    1. I read about the case. I was so glad to find out he was alive. I prayed every day for his safe return. On his Facebook account, people told about how your brother saved their lives. I hope he can come to the UsS for care with his girlfriend. The last I read he was still in a hospital in Mexico. I hope he makes it out. I don't know why he is still being held in Mexico.

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    2. He is in critical health condition, his life is at risk if he leaves hospital, he needs to be transladed via plane and it is expensive, and like i said police or pgr wont protect him

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  9. ... El TORO De CDG Has Been Killed ... About Time ... El Mencho Is The Next Priority For Mexico/USA Relations ...

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  10. Yes, El Toro killed early this morning in Reynosa. El Mañana link:

    http://www.elmanana.com/abatenfuerzasfederalesaeltoro-3709617.html

    Good Twitter feed for fotos of bloqueos. One civilian was killed this a.m. when crashing into a burning truck:

    https://twitter.com/HI_REYNOSA?lang=en

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  11. 7uck thats 5 already? What the 7uck is going on?

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  12. what's going on with Cuauhtemoc Blanco and corruption allegations

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  13. spoke too much...stop

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  14. I want to know why the reporters aren't armed? At least they can fight for there lives 😏

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