The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed its concern over the murders of three reporters in Mexico and Honduras in recent days, and called for an accelerated and thorough investigation of the cases.
Jorge Canahuati, president of the IAPA, expressed his condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims.
“We are alarmed by the defenselessness that journalists suffer in the face of violence. We urge the authorities of both countries to investigate quickly and thoroughly to impose sanctions on those responsible material and intellectual of these murders, and to know if they had journalistic activity as a motive,” said Canahuati.
In Mexico, the photojournalist margarito martinez He was assassinated on January 17 as he was leaving his home. Days before, he had requested to be incorporated into the state mechanism of protection for journalists, after a former police officer accused him of being an editor of Facebook pages where crime news was published. Martínez feared reprisals from criminal groups.
Three days earlier, on January 14, he was assassinated in Veracruz Jose Luis Gamboa, director of the digital newspaper Inforegio in an alleged assault, although Governor Cuitláhuac García Jiménez does not rule out that the crime is linked to Gamboa’s journalistic work.
In Honduras he was assassinated on January 9 the activist and journalist Pablo Isabel Hernandez Rivera, director of a community radio.
Carlos Jornet, president of the IAPA Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, condemned the murders and pointed out that they “reflect the lack of justice that surrounds most of the murders against journalists in countries where there are protection mechanisms that should be efficient to prevent this type of crime”.
Jornet recalled that the IAPA has asked both Mexico and Honduras review the protocols of the protection systems, since they seem to be insufficient and inefficient.