The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), through the undersecretary Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, assured that, with the case of Ernest Mendezadd up to 11 murdered journalists in Mexico so far in these eight months of 2022.
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“Yesterday there was another case, with which, based on investigation folders, testimonies from family members and investigation actions, there are 11 cases today, there are 27 detainees or wanted with arrest warrants and 20 linked” declared Ricardo Mejía Berdeja at the conference morning led by the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) from National Palace.
According to the Undersecretary of Security and Citizen Protection, the last journalist killed as of today, August 4, 2022, is Ernesto Méndez Pérez, originally from Saint Louis of PeaceGuanajuato.
Ricardo Mejía Berdeja indicated that the Governor of GuanajuatoDiego Sinhue Rodríguez, informed him that there is already progress in the investigation of the murdered journalist.
The undersecretary of the SSPC stated that Ernesto Méndez Pérez, in addition to his journalistic activity It also participated in the fair of the municipality of San Luis de la Paz and this year it had obtained the concession for the organization of the fair.
Ricardo Mejía Berdeja assured that the investigation continues and the federal authorities maintain permanent coordination with the State Attorney’s Office and with the governor of Guanajuato.
The Article 19 association assures that there are 13 dead journalists in Mexico
An armed commando killed the journalist Ernesto Méndez in Guanajuato, which represents the 13th murder of a communicator in Mexico so far this year, according to the association Article 19.
“Article 19 learns of the murder of Ernesto Méndez, director of the Tu Voz media outlet, which occurred yesterday around 11:00 p.m. local time in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato. The crime was perpetrated when an armed commando broke into a bar owned by the Méndez family, ”he exposed on Twitter.
The international organization specified that the journalist “had a history of threats”, for which it asked the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Committed against the Freedom of expression (Feadle) of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) investigate the case.
The newspaper Tu Voz is a local outlet with information on politics, community and violence in Guanajuato, a state that leads the number of absolute homicides at the national level.
In this context, Article 19 urged the Government Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists “to contact Ernesto’s family and colleagues in order to grant the necessary protection measures.”
“With Ernesto, they add up to 13 murders of journalists in 2022, and at least 9 linked to the work. Therefore, we demand that the Mexican State act urgently to stop this phenomenon and we join in the pain of Ernesto’s family, friends and colleagues,” the association concluded.
The Reporters Without Borders (RSP) association denounced a violence “unpublished” in 2022 against the press in Mexico, which remains one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism in the world.
Before Méndez, journalists Antonio de la Cruz, Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi, Sheila Johana García Olivera, Luis Enrique Ramírez, Lourdes Maldonado, Margarito Martínez, Heber López Cruz, Juan Carlos Muñiz, Jorge Camero Zazueta, Roberto Toledo, José Luis Gamboa and Armando Linares.
The murders of journalists they reflect the wave of violence in Mexico, which registered 33,315 homicides in 2021 after the 2 most violent years in its history, under the mandate of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with 34,690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.
With information from N+ and EFE.