18 April 2007
IAPA protests murder of Mexican journalist,calls for swift action to bring guilty to justice
MIAMI, Florida (April 9, 2007)The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed outrage at the murder of journalist Amado Ramírez in Acapulco, Mexico, and once again called on the countrys authorities to take a tougher stance on crimes against journalists there.
IAPA protests murder of Mexican journalist, calls for swift action to bring guilty to justice MIAMI, Florida (April 9, 2007)The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed outrage at the murder of journalist Amado Ramírez in Acapulco, Mexico, and once again called on the countrys authorities to take a tougher stance on crimes against journalists there. Ramírez, a reporter for 14 years for the TV network Televisa, was killed on April 6 in the center of the Pacific Coast tourist resort of Acapulco in Guerrero state. Ramírez, a 20-year journalism veteran, had just wound up his daily news program Al Tanto (Keeping Informed) broadcast by the local Televisa affiliate station Radiorama when an unidentified man firing a caliber .38 pistol shot him five times, according to an initial investigation by the IAPAs Rapid Response Unit in Mexico. Local reports questioned by the Rapid Response Unit said Ramírez was not known to have received any prior threat. We mourn Ramírez violent death, which joins those of other colleagues in Mexico that have still to be solved. In this regard we insist on urging the federal government to deal with all the attacks upon and crimes committed against journalists, so as to prevent the lack of legal action giving rise to fear and self-censorship in this country, declared Gonzalo Marroquín, chairman of the IAPAs Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. Marroquín, editor of the Guatemala City, Guatemala, newspaper Prensa Libre, also referred to a resolution adopted by the IAPA during its Midyear Meeting last month in Colombia in which it noted that attacks on and threats to journalists in Mexico have continued to increase and extend to more states around the country, no longer just along the northern and southern Mexican borders, without the federal and local authorities investigating and arresting those responsible, causing self-censorship to continue on the rise. Ramírez murder came five weeks after the Municipal Police precinct in Acapulco received a telephone call in which a man warned that beginning today we are going to kill 21 well-known people and radio and television reporters. According to some eye-witnesses the killer shouted I told you not to interfere with us! but others denied this, saying he merely fired his gun and gave Ramirez the coup de grace as he lay on the floor. So far this year in Guerrero state alone some 90 execution-style killings, apparently linked to the illicit drug trade, have been reported. From October 2006 to date murdered in Mexico have been Roberto Marcos García and Bradley Ronald Will, while reporters Rodolfo Rincón Taracena and José Antonio García Apac remain missing all cases believed to be connected to their work as journalists. Meanwhile, the murders of Raúl Marcial Pérez, Adolfo Sánchez and Misael Tamayo Hernández are under investigation to determine the motives.