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  |   México, Noticias

Columnista mexicano secuestrado es hallado muerto

La Ciudad de México, 5 de junio de 2014--El Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) condena el asesinato de Jorge Torres Palacios, columnista mexicano y portavoz gubernamental, y exhorta a las autoridades a investigar de forma exhaustiva el crimen y enjuiciar a los responsables. El cuerpo de Torres fue encontrado el lunes en una bolsa en una huerta en el estado de Guerrero, tres días después de haber sido secuestrado por desconocidos en su casa en Acapulco, según informes de prensa.

5 de Junio 2014 6:29 PM ET

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  |   Américas, México, Notícias

Colunista mexicano, sequestrado, encontrado morto

Cidade do México, 5 de junho de 2014 - O Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) condena o assassinato do colunista mexicano e porta-voz do governo Jorge Torres Palacios e insta as autoridades a investigar em profundidade o crime e levar os responsáveis à justiça. O corpo de Torres foi encontrado em um saco em um pomar do estado de Guerrero na segunda-feira, três dias depois de ter sido sequestrado por agressores não identificados de sua casa em Acapulco, segundo as informações da imprensa.

junho 5, 2014 1:30 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican columnist, abducted, found dead

Mexico City, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mexican columnist and government spokesman Jorge Torres Palacios and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Torres' body was found in a bag in an orchard in Guerrero state on Monday, three days after he was abducted by unidentified assailants at his home in Acapulco, according to news reports.  

  |   Américas, Brasil, Relatórios

Segundo tempo para a imprensa brasileira

2. O ciclo vicioso da impunidade

Por Sara Rafsky

Quando a Copa do Mundo começar no Brasil em junho, o governo da presidente Dilma Rousseff estará comemorando a emergência do país como potência global. O evento, a ser realizado em vários locais em todo o país, vai colocar em evidência um vasto e diversificado país, ao contrário dos Jogos Olímpicos, que o Brasil sediará dois anos depois, só numa cidade, o Rio de Janeiro. Enquanto o assassinato em 2012 de um cronista esportivo local, em Goiânia no Centro-Oeste, possa ser contrário à história oficial de sucesso, isso reflete as realidades díspares de um país imenso como o Brasil, e retrata um lado mais sombrio do "esporte maravilhoso".

A polícia, soldados e jornalistas tomam posição durante operação em uma favela na capital em novembro de 2010. (Reuters/Sergio Moraes)
maio 6, 2014 11:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Brazil

Halftime for the Brazilian press

2. The vicious cycle of impunity

By Sara Rafsky

When the World Cup kicks off in Brazil in June, the government of President Dilma Rousseff will be celebrating the country’s emergence as a global powerhouse. The event, to be staged at sites across the country, will put the nation’s vast and diverse territory on display, unlike the Olympics, which Brazil is hosting two years later in just one city, Rio de Janeiro. While the 2012 murder of a local soccer journalist in central-western Goiânia may run counter to the official narrative of success, it reflects the disparate realities of a country as immense as Brazil, and depicts a darker side of “the beautiful game.”

  |   Américas, Blog, México

Una respuesta sin precedentes frente al asesinato de un periodista mexicano

Por Patrick Timmons, bloguero invitado del CPJ

Al finales de febrero, periodistas protestan el asesinato de su colega Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz y otros periodistas asesinados en México (AP/Marco Ugarte)

La desaparición y el asesinato del periodista mexicano Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, en el estado de Veracruz, hechos ocurridos a principios de febrero, continúan rodeados de polémica.

2 de Abril 2014 4:27 PM ET

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Unprecedented response to Mexican journalist's murder

In late February, journalists protest the murder of their colleague, Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, and other journalists killed in Mexico. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

The disappearance and murder in Veracruz from February 5 through 11 of local journalist Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz remains mired in controversy.

In mid February, after Jiménez's murder, a group of journalists traveled to Veracruz and investigated the authorities' response to the journalist's killing. On March 19, the group, called Misión de Observación, published the findings of its unprecedented investigation in a report called "Gregorio: Asesinado por informar" (Gregorio: Murdered for Reporting). Their report documented Jiménez's disappearance and murder, the state's ineffective response, and the less-than-supportive working conditions of his newspapers in southern Veracruz.

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Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz

Jiménez was abducted on February 5 and his body was found buried along with two other people in the municipality of Las Choapas in Veracruz state on February 11, according to news reports.

Armed men had intercepted Jiménez at his home in the town of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, after the journalist had dropped his children off at school, news reports said. Jiménez covered crime and security for the newspapers Notisur and Liberal del Sur and had reported on local abductions and violence toward migrants, according to local journalists. The journalist sometimes used the pseudonym "The Panther" for security reasons, according to news reports.

Days after finding Jiménez's body, authorities said one of the bodies found buried with him belonged to an abducted union leader whose disappearance the journalist had covered, according to news reports.

Veracruz authorities announced they had five suspects in custody and were searching for others. One of the detainees, José Luis Márquez Hernández, who went by the name "El Pony," allegedly confessed to being the leader of the group that tortured and killed the journalist, according to reports. Authorities also identified one of the detainees as Teresa de Jesús Hernández Cruz, the owner of a local bar and a neighbor of Jiménez, who they said had ordered the crime for 20,000 pesos (US$1,500) because of a personal dispute, according to news reports.

The Veracruz state chief of staff, Erick Lagos, initially told the daily Milenio that the murder was a matter of personal revenge and had no link to Jiménez's journalism. Local journalists told CPJ that they were disturbed by how quickly local authorities had moved to rule out any journalism-related motive in the case. State spokeswoman Gina Domínguez then backtracked and told reporters that authorities had not ruled out any motive and that they were investigating, but that they were principally looking into the theory of a personal dispute.

Sandra Segura, a journalist with the local daily Notiver, along with another journalist who asked to remain anonymous, cast doubt on the official version of the crime. Segura told CPJ that as part of his recent investigation into violence against migrants, Jiménez had written an article about the kidnapping of two migrants at a local bar. News reports conflicted as to whether the bar mentioned in the story was the same one owned by Hernández Cruz.

Cristina Hernández, the journalist's wife, told Milenio that she believed the bar owner had ordered the murder in retaliation for an article Jiménez had published about a stabbing that occurred near her bar and because of a personal dispute between their daughters. The journalist's daughters later testified that the bar owner had threatened their father because of the article about the stabbing, according to news reports.

The journalist's daughters said Hernández and her bar had ties to the larger activities of the feared organized crime group Los Zetas, according to reports citing family statements. Segura also questioned the plausibility of Hernández having hired so many people to participate in the crime and the relatively small amount of money allegedly involved.

On February 13, several of the detainees, who were denied bail, said in a hearing that they had previously confessed to the crime under torture by law enforcement officials, according to news reports.

Two days later, the state Attorney General Felipe Amadeo Flores Espinosa said that several international and local human rights and journalist groups, including CPJ, would be granted access to the files in the investigation, which he emphasized was ongoing and would include the journalist's work as a possible motive.

On the weekend of February 15, a group of journalists and representatives from local and international free press organizations, calling itself the "Observation Mission," traveled to Veracruz, spoke with local authorities, and requested that the federal special prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression take jurisdiction for the case.

Days after the mission, in the face of sustained criticism, both Flores and Domínguez resigned from their positions, although officials denied it was related to Jiménez's murder. CPJ was told by the incoming Attorney General's office that it would still have access to the files on the murder.

Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for the press, according to CPJ research. Since 2011, at least two journalists have been killed in Veracruz in relation to their work, according to CPJ research. CPJ is investigating the deaths of at least six others in unclear circumstances. At least three journalists have disappeared in the state in the same time period. In 2013, CPJ documented serious irregularities in the case against a man convicted in the 2012 murder of Proceso magazine's Veracruz correspondent, Regina Martínez Pérez.

March 3, 2014 4:23 PM ET

Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, February 2014

CPJ releases annual publication Attacks on the Press

CPJ launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, Attacks on the Press, on February 12, which was widely covered by local and international media outlets, including The Guardian, Reuters, and the Turkish paper Today's Zaman. The annual assessment of global press freedom found that digital surveillance, the unchecked murder of journalists, and indirect commercial and political pressures on the media are three of the primary threats to free expression.

February 28, 2014 1:50 PM ET

  |   Américas, México, Notícias

Jornalista desaparecido encontrado morto em Veracruz

Jornalistas falam em uma conferência de imprensa, protestando contra o sequestro e assassinato do jornalista Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz (Reuters/Edgard Garrido)

Nova York, 12 de fevereiro de 2014 - O Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) insta as autoridades mexicanas a realizar uma investigação minuciosa e processar os responsáveis pelo assassinato de Gregório Jiménez de la Cruz. Jiménez foi sequestrado em 5 de fevereiro e seu corpo encontrado terça-feira em uma fossa clandestina junto a duas pessoas no município de Las Choapas no estado de Veracruz, segundo as informações da imprensa.

fevereiro 12, 2014 6:21 PM ET

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