Impunity Murders


75th General Assembly
October 4-7, 2018
Coral Gables, Florida

WHEREAS since the Midyear Meeting in Cartagena in March 2019 to date there have been 13 murders of journalists – seven in Mexico, two in Brazil, two in Colombia, one in Haiti and one in Honduras, for motives that would be connected to the practice of journalism.

WHEREAS Édgar Aguilar, correspondent of Canal Seis television, Copán, Honduras, was murdered on August 31

WHEREAS Nevith Condés Jaramillo, director of the website El Observatorio del Sur, Mexico State, Mexico, was murdered on August 24

WHEREAS Édgar Nava, director of the website La Verdad de Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, was murdered on August 2

WHEREAS Jorge Celestino Ruiz, reporter of the newspaper El Gráfico de Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, was murdered on August 2

WHEREAS Rogelio Barragán, director of the website Guerrero al Instante, Morelos, Mexico, was murdered on July 30

WHEREAS Romário da Silva Barros, founder of the news website Lei Seca Maricá (LSM), Maricá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was murdered on June 18

WHEREAS José Libardo Montenegro, director of the program El Despertador on community radio station Samaniego Estéreo, Samaniego, Nariño, Colombia, was murdered on June 11

WHEREAS Norma Sarabia, correspondent of the newspaper Tabasco Hoy, Huimanguillo, Tabasco, Mexico, was murdered on June 11

WHEREAS Pétion Rospide, journalist of Radio Sin Fin, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was murdered on June 10

WHEREAS Robson Giorno, founder of the website Jornal O Maricá, Maricá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was murdered on May 25

WHEREAS Francisco Romero, director of the website Ocurrió Aquí, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, was murdered on May 16

WHEREAS Mauricio Lezama, audiovisual producer and Cinema Department Councilor, Arauca Department, Arauquita, Arauca, Colombia, was murdered

on May 9

WHEREAS Telésforo Santiago, founder and host of community radio Estéreo Cafetal, San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico, was murdered on May 2

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes: "Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly"


to condemn the murders of Nevith Condés Jaramillo, Édgar Nava, Jorge Celestino Ruiz, Rogelio Barragán, Norma Sarabia, Francisco Romero and Telésforo Santiago in Mexico; Romário da Silva Barros and Robson Giorno in Brazil; José Libardo Montenegro and Mauricio Lezama in Colombia; Pétion Rospide in Haití and Édgar Aguilar in Honduras

to urge the government and authorities of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti and Honduras to comply with their responsibility to investigate, identify, bring to trial and punish all those involved as perpetrators and masterminds in these crimes

to demand in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras that the mechanisms of protection of journalists have the necessary technical and human staff and that the economic resources enable them to comply with their work in an effective manner.