The IAPA, Concerned about the Kidnapping of a Journalist in Mexico

Kidnapping of Mexican journalist Jaime Barrera Rodríguez.

Miami (March 12, 2024) - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed its concern and alarm today regarding the kidnapping of Mexican journalist Jaime Barrera Rodríguez in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The organization urged authorities to take the necessary measures to locate him immediately and safely.

The daughter of Jaime Barrera Rodríguez, a presenter on Televisa Guadalajara's N+ channel in the state of Jalisco, revealed on the social media platform X the disappearance since noon on March 11 and requested public support.

Following the report on social media, the Jalisco Prosecutor's Office confirmed this Tuesday that there is evidence pointing to the journalist Jaime Barrera being "deprived of his freedom," as reported by Aristegui Noticias.

Barrera, 56, who covers political and investigative topics, also hosts a daily news program on Mega Radio and is a columnist for El Informador newspaper.

"We urge the immediate activation of all available state agencies to locate journalist Jaime Barrera alive and as soon as possible," said Roberto Rock, president of the IAPA and director of the news portal La Silla Rota in Mexico.

Carlos Jornet, president of the IAPA's Committee on Press Freedom and Information and director of La Voz del Interior in Argentina, added: "We are doubly concerned that this is happening in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for journalism, with high levels of violence and impunity in cases of attacks against journalists."

Barrera, with over 33 years of journalistic experience, is believed to have been kidnapped in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara after leaving the radio station's premises.

Mexico ranks 15th on the Chapultepec Index, the IAPA's annual barometer measuring the state of press freedom in 22 countries in the Americas. Factors of concern include murders of journalists, verbal and physical assaults, stigmatization from the Executive Power, and violence in different regions of the country, leading to internal displacement and the exile of journalists.

IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.