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Two photographers slain in Veracruz state, five days after magazine reporter’s murder

first_img to go further May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two photographers slain in Veracruz state, five days after magazine reporter’s murder April 28, 2021 Find out more Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas News Organisation The bodies of two missing news photographers, Gabriel Huge and Luna Varela, were found yesterday, World Press Freedom Day, in plastic bags beside a canal in Boca del Río, a suburb of the eastern port city of Veracruz. They had been reported missing the day before after being asked to cover a road accident.The discovery of the bodies came just five days after magazine reporter Regina Martínez was found murdered in Xalapa, the nearby capital of the state of Veracruz. Huge used to work for the newspaper Notiver while Luna worked for the Veracruznews agency and covered crime stories for three other local media.The bodies of two other persons were found with those of Huge and Luna. One was Luna’s partner, Irasema Becerra, who worked in the sales department of the newspaper El Dictamen. The other was Esteban Rodríguez, a former news photographer who retired last year after Notiver journalist Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz’s murder.The Vercruz state prosecutor’s office told Reporters Without Borders that all four bodies bore the marks of torture. Veracruznews editor Martin Lara Reyna told Reporters Without Borders that Luna had left the region at the end of 2011 after receiving threats, and had returned earlier this year.“The federal attorney-general’s office has said it will help the state prosecutor’s office to investigate both this case and that of Regina Martínez,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this cooperation will yield swift results as the state of Veracruz is now one of the world’s ten most dangerous places for the media, with a total of seven journalists killed and two missing since the start of 2010.“The nationwide toll for the past ten years now stands at 83 journalists killed and 14 missing. What is needed is a complete overhaul of the judicial system in a country that is devastated by its ubiquitous drug cartels, by collusion between the cartels and many officials, and by a five-year-old federal offensive against drug trafficking with a toll of 50,000 dead.”_________________30.04.2012 – Veracruz journalist’s murder underscores need to end impunity Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Regina Martínez, the newsweekly Proceso’s respected correspondent in the eastern state of Veracruz, was found strangled in her home in the Veracruz capital of Xalapa on 28 April. She joins the list of 80 journalists killed and 14 disappeared in Mexico in the past decade, a toll exacerbated by the disastrous federal offensive against trafficking during the past five years.Her murder has caused widespread dismay and has prompted demonstrations by reporters, photographers and free speech defenders in the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Morelos and in Mexico City, where Reporters Without Borders was represented.“There are not as yet any indications as to the motive, but Martínez dedicated some of her most recent investigative reporting to the murders of other journalists in Veracruz, which became one of the country’s deadliest states in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Also, on the eve of her murder, she broke the news that nine police officers had been arrested on suspicion of colluding with drug traffickers.“Investigators should therefore give priority to the possibility that her murder was linked to her work. The tendency on the part of the authorities to rule this out from the start is handicapping the solving of this kind of murder. We demand justice for Martínez and all the other journalists who have been killed or who are missing. Crime pays if it goes unpunished.”Martínez’s body was found in her bathroom after a neighbour noticed that the door to her apartment had been open for several hours without any sign of movement. The body bore no signs of sexual violence. A plasma TV, a computer and two mobile phones had been removed from the apartment.Reporters Without Borders shares the concern expressed by Proceso editor Rafael Rodríguez Castañeda, deputy editor Salvador Corro and publisher Julio Scherer García at a meeting with Veracruz’s governor yesterday, and supports their request for the reporter Jorge Carrasco to be included in the special commission that has been created to investigate the murder.Martínez had upset officials with her reporting. She confirmed this to us in 2008, when she and fellow journalist Rodrigo Vera were summoned to give statements after Proceso published a photo linked to the murder of Ernestina Ascencio, a member of the Nahuatl indigenous communityA constitutional amendment passed by congress allowing the federal courts and investigators to handle crimes that threaten the work of journalists and freedom of information still needs the approval of seven states in order to take effect. “Although long overdue, this amendment must be put into effect with the necessary resources in order to end the present impunity, which is unbearable,” Reporters Without Borders added. Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newslast_img read more

RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 12-18

first_img RSF_en News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 3, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable stories regarding threats to press freedom in the U.S. during the week of June 12 – 18: to go further 1. Two journalists were among the 18 arrested on I-94 in Minneapolis during a “standoff” early Saturday morning, June 17, between law enforcement and those protesting the acquittal of the police officer who shot Philando Castile. The Minnesota Daily’s David Clarey and the City Page’s Susan Du were arrested at around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday and were held in Ramsey County’s Adult Detention Center until the morning. They were charged with unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance. 2. The director of the Senate Radio and Television Gallery told television reporters on Tuesday, June 13, that they would no longer be allowed to film interviews in the Senate hallways. This action, which breaks from longstanding tradition in Washington, was quickly reversed following concerns raised by reporters, lawmakers and free speech advocates about reporters’ access to U.S. government officials. 3. CNN and USA Today announced on Thursday, June 15, that they filed lawsuits against the FBI for failing to respond within the time required by federal law to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos. The New York Times filed its own lawsuit on Friday, June 16. The FBI, which tightened restrictions of the FOIA requests it would accept earlier this year, is notoriously difficult to work with when it comes to such requests. Citing a law enforcement exemption, the FBI formally denied CNN’s FOIA request on Friday. 4. On Thursday, June 15, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an off-camera press gaggle that explicitly prohibited audio recordings. This is concerning, as it contradicts Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s claim in an email to CNN in March that audio recording of off-camera briefings “is always allowed.” 5. A court security officer handcuffed a reporter on Wednesday, June 14, while he attempted to take picture of an arrest happening in the hallway of a New York county courthouse. Douglass Dowty, a reporter from Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard, was ordered to hand the Onondaga County Courthouse security officer his cellphone prior to being handcuffed. He was not charged, and was in police custody for about 10 minutes before being released. News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States News June 7, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts June 19, 2017 RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 12-18 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Organisation United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Coronavirus fears help push gun background checks to record levels in March

first_imgsuratoho/iStock(NEW YORK) — Nearly four million gun background checks were performed last month, the highest number since the federal government began tracking them, the FBI said.And gun safety advocates say they’re worried there isn’t enough being done to prevent shootings as the coronavirus heightens the public’s fears.There were roughly 3.7 million background checks performed by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) last month, which is the highest number of one-month checks performed in the system’s 21-year history. By comparison, there were about 2.8 million checks performed in February and about 2.6 million checks in March 2019, according to the FBI.So far this year there have been more than 9.2 million background checks, according to the FBI data. The FBI notes that the background checks underreport the number of actual gun sales, as some states allow for multiple weapons purchases with a single background check.In February, the internet retailer ammo.com reported a 309% increase in revenue and a 222% jump in transactions. Gun stores, which have been declared an essential business by the federal government, have remained open and have seen a jump in customers in states across the country.Kyleanne Hunter, vice president of programs for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said she’s not surprised by the jump in gun sales, as similar jumps are seen during other major crises such as hurricanes or natural disasters. However, she said she was very concerned by the lack of response by federal and state leaders to push for more gun safety during these trying times.“One of our biggest fears is that we will have people, more and more people, in difficult situations because they’re stuck at home with a gun, especially with first-time gun owners,” she told ABC News.The spread of the virus has led to reports of armed persons threatening others out of fear from the pandemic. Police in Maine were investigating a claim that armed men blocked a resident’s driveway with a downed tree branch to prevent him from leaving his home.The biggest problem, Hunter said, is that the government’s gun inspection services haven’t been deemed essential on a national basis, which has opened the door for questionable sales.“We don’t know how gun dealers are acting,” she said. “Groceries are still open but the FDA is still open inspecting the food. Why aren’t agents inspecting the gun stores?”Hunter added that gun training and gun safety classes have been canceled across the country because of social distancing rules.And while President Donald Trump and elected officials have expressed concerns over increased suicides while people are sheltering in place, Hunter implored state leaders to do more to ensure that increased gun sales don’t lead to increased violence.States that have their own gun inspection offices should increase their visits to stores, and governors themselves should speak about safety daily during their press events, Hunter suggested.“They should use that pulpit to talk about the risks that guns pose at home, especially with friendly fire,” she said.Hunter suggested that civilians who either know someone who recently purchased a gun or live in the household where a gun was recently purchased should have thoughtful conversations about safety procedures, especially as the pandemic increases household stress.“We need to destigmatize the conversation in a very real way,” she said. “We are usually hesitant to ask people if they have guns and if they’re stored, and we need to normalize that conversation just like we normalize the conversations about drinking too much during stressful times.” If you or anyone you know have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more