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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Another Journalist Gone: Rogelio Barragán Perez Found Murdered

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: LaVoz y Aristegui y Infoabe
Rogelio Barragán , director of the digital medium Guerrero al Instante , was murdered on Tuesday , after being deprived of his freedom on Monday; His body was found in Zacatepec, Morelos.

The body of Barragán was located on Tuesday inside a grey Jetta abandoned in the corner of the street March 21 and Circunvalación, Benito Juárez neighborhood, municipality of Zacatepec.

Municipal police delimited the area in which the agents of the Prosecutor's Office of Morelos arrived , and personnel of the expert services to take the body and everything that is the subject of investigation.

The Instant Facebook account of Guerrero confirmed the murder of Rogelio Barragán , but did not publish more information about it.

The journalist of the Guerrero al Instante portal , Rogelio Barragán , was found dead inside the trunk of a vehicle with several "blunt injuries on his face and a head injury ," the Prosecutor of the State of Guerrero reported.

According to the authorities, the body of the portal director was found  inside a gray Jetta car at about 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, when elements of the General Coordination of Expert Services went to Circunvalación Street , in the Benito Juárez neighborhood of the municipality of Zacatepec .

According to local media reports , the reporter was found beaten, tortured and shot in the head.

Municipal police cordoned off the scene of the incident while the staff of the Prosecutor's Office of Morelos arrived, and the expert services to examine the body and collect data for investigation.

 "Another journalist killed in Mexico, Rogelio Barragán. Mexico, in this 2019 , is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism," said the renowned journalist Jorge Ramos.

 The death of Barragán filled with messages of support and condolences the page of Guerrero to the Instant, a digital medium that has more than 110,000 followers on Facebook.

The State Prosecutor's Office reported that the victim's mother was the one who had recognized Rogelio's body , who died at 47 years of age. In addition, the news portal lamented his death with a message through his Facebook profile: "God have you in his holy glory, a big hug to heaven."

According to reports from neighbors in the area , the car had been abandoned since one night before the discovery , however, they made the report to the authorities until the afternoon of July 30.
The car was abandoned the night before, but the neighbors reported it until the following afternoon. (Photo: Twitter)

"He had more than 10 years of journalistic work, especially the red notes ," the representative of the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Balbina Flores said to the AFP agency . He also noted that Barragán's profile was the one reporter who "faced risks."

"We will continue to investigate further to be certain about whether his murder had to do with his work" at the head of the news portal, Balbina said. And it is that during the current administration , which began on December 1, 2018, the murder of more than ten communicators in Mexico has been counted , all of them in possible relationship with their journalistic board.

"It has been a terribly disastrous year for press freedom. We hoped that this situation would not continue as far as this administration goes, but we have seen that it has not been this way, this has receded, " Balbina concluded.
Other representative cases so far this year are that of Norma Sarabia , a reporter for the newspaper Tabasco Hoy , where she worked as a correspondent for more than 20 years, and who at 46 was shot outside her home located in Huimanguillo, the biggest municipality in the state.

The first homicide carried out by the López Obrador administration was that of Alejandro Márquez , owner and reporter of the Information Orion , whose body was found lifeless on the Tepic-Pantanal highway in Nayarit on December 1.

The second journalist killed in the 4T was Diego García , on December 6. The 35-year-old reporter was killed while driving in his car in the municipality of Ecatepec, State of Mexico . According to testimonies, the journalist was intercepted by armed men in the Jardines de Morelos neighborhood.

On the same day of the death of Diego García, the spokesman for the presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas , published on his Twitter account that the government was already working on a plan for prevention, protection, access to justice and repair of damage that he gave guarantees to journalists . However, homicides continued to occur .

A month later, on January 20, the body of journalist Rafael Murúa was found in Baja California Sur and thus the number of murders was inaugurated during 2019. Murúa was director of the Radiokashana community radio and since 2017 he had received threats from the Mayor of the municipality of Mulegé.
Journalists in Mexico have protested against the situation they live and suffer when doing their job.  (Photo: Nacho Ruiz / Cuartoscuro)

Shortly after swearing in on December 1, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would put an end to homicides against journalists, but the situation for communication professionals has not changed.

According to the organization in defense of freedom of expression , Article 19 , since 2000 to date 128 murders have been documented against Mexican journalists , all of them in possible relation to their journalistic work. Of the total, 118 are men, while 10 are women.


  1. Not another one, where's the fken bodyguards the enpt government promised them. Fuken Congress comes up with concerns to safety and they can't keep any promises. The pheasants have protested they need wheat etc., and the government has also failed them. Also is was brought up to Congress, a year ago that homeowners can arm themselves with 38 guns, but again the slow government has not passed it.
    El Perin de Tamp

    1. We must all adhere to the school of self reliance. It’s good to receive help. But it’s better when we can do things independently. Because as humans WE are all meant to master things in life.

    2. It's best for the people to arm themselves for protection, hell with the government, they could care less about the people. Forget the police most are currupted, and work together with criminals. It would then be great that a family shot back and won, and reported here on BB. But I am still waiting for that day. In the meantime many people are getting killed everyday.

  2. There is no end.....heartbreaking

  3. It's a shame and again nothing will happen, too many politicians and police are involved. Its good to see that some ppl are still fighting but very sad to see them killed in the streets.

  4. Freedom of speech will be protected, Amlo

  5. AMLO has not persecuted journalists, he has answered to them and their lies when he has been unfairly accused, but has deared everybody has the right to express themselves, only thing AMLO demands is the right to answer, and has called out the Prensa Fifi for their failed extortions in the style of the past, among them Fifi Chayoteros who hate him even more for his putting them in their place:
    the box of Forgotten Chayoteros.(loret de Moolah, juaquin Lopez Doriga, Alias El patas de caballo, brozo El payaso tenerboso, Dennise Dresser"
    Neta que ni a cual irle, todos quieren su champan and sheet with some cabbage rolls.

  6. It's been at least 1 journalist killed every month in Mexico since January 2019

  7. Those bastards silenced another one, Edgar Alberto Nava got killed the same week as Rogelio Barragan. He was working for La Verdad de Zihuatanejo.


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