27 May 2008

IAPA urges arrest of murderers of American journalist


MIAMI, Florida (May 27, 2008)—In a new move in its hemisphere-wide campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the need to bring those guilty of the murder of journalists to justice the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today called on Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón to order the relevant authorities in his country to arrest those responsible for the death of American journalist Philip True, Mexico correspondent of the Texas newspaper San Antonio Express-News.


True was found dead on December 16, 1998 in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in the western Mexico state of Jalisco. Two men convicted of his murder have remained at large and therefore the crime continues to go unpunished.


For five years now the IAPA, through ads published in more than 380 newspapers throughout the Americas, has been inviting readers to go the Web site www.impunidad.com and join its campaign titled “Let’s Put an End to Impunity” surrounding crimes against journalists.


The initiative is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundatio