Felicitas Martínez Sánchez

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Radio director’s home shot at by unidentified gunmen


Radio director’s home shot at by unidentified gunmen

New York, April 25, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the shooting of a Mexican journalist’s house in the southern state of Oaxaca, in what appears to have been a targeted attack, on April 18.

The day before the shooting, Melchor López, general director of Radio Mixteca (88.7 FM), a commercial station based in Santiago Juxtlahuaca, said he was followed by white Jeep Liberty truck after leaving work in the late evening. Instead of going home, he returned to the station. López said he watched the same truck, along with other vehicles, routinely passing by the station, slowing down, and then circling back again. All of the cars had tinted windows and lacked license plates.

April 24, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Two community radio hosts shot and killed in Oaxaca


MEXICO:

New York, April 10, 2008—Two community radio hosts who were also indigenous activists were shot and killed on Monday when gunmen opened fire at their vehicle on a rural highway in southern Oaxaca. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating possible links between the slayings and the journalists’ work.

Teresa Bautista Merino, 24, and Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 20, were ambushed late Monday when unidentified individuals shot assault rifles at their vehicle near the village of Putla de Guerrero, according to local press reports and CPJ interviews. Three others in the vehicle, including a 3-year-old child, were injured, said local news reports.

April 10, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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  |   Mexico, Unconfirmed

Teresa Bautista Merino

Bautista, 24, and Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 20, producers for a community radio station in the southern state of Oaxaca, were shot by unidentified men armed with assault rifles in an ambush along a rural road. Three others in the vehicle, including a young child, were injured, local news reports said.

The journalists were returning from a workshop and promotional event for their station, Radio Copala, or “La Voz que Rompe el Silencio” (The Voice that Breaks the Silence). The station, launched in January 2008 and based in the rural town of San Juan Copala, catered to the local Triqui indigenous group and offered programming in both the Triqui language and Spanish. The two producers covered a range of topics, from political news and health to education and cultural events, Jorge Albino Ortiz, general coordinator of the station, told CPJ. After the murders, the station reduced its coverage of sensitive political topics.

No arrests or developments were reported as of June 2010, according to news reports. Oaxaca state officials did not respond to CPJ requests for comment.

The area surrounding San Juan Copala, part of Oaxaca’s impoverished Mixteca region, has been known for long-running political and land disputes, often linked to power brokers from Oaxaca state’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. Pro-state government paramilitary groups have been present in the area. In January 2007, tensions escalated when a Triqui movement declared its intention to make San Juan Copala an autonomous municipality.  

April 7, 2008 4:01 PM ET

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  |   Mexico, Unconfirmed

Felicitas Martínez Sánchez

Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 20, and Bautista, 24, producers for a community radio station in the southern state of Oaxaca, were shot by unidentified men armed with assault rifles in an ambush along a rural road. Three others in the vehicle, including a young child, were injured, local news reports said.

The journalists were returning from a workshop and promotional event for their station, Radio Copala, or “La Voz que Rompe el Silencio” (The Voice that Breaks the Silence). The station, launched in January 2008 and based in the rural town of San Juan Copala, catered to the local Triqui indigenous group and offered programming in both the Triqui language and Spanish. The two producers covered a range of topics, from political news and health to education and cultural events, Jorge Albino Ortiz, general coordinator of the station, told CPJ. After the murders, the station reduced its coverage of sensitive political topics.

No arrests or developments were reported as of June 2010, according to news reports. Oaxaca state officials did not respond to CPJ requests for comment.

The area surrounding San Juan Copala, part of Oaxaca’s impoverished Mixteca region, has been known for long-running political and land disputes, often linked to power brokers from Oaxaca state’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. Pro-state government paramilitary groups have been present in the area. In January 2007, tensions escalated when a Triqui movement declared its intention to make San Juan Copala an autonomous municipality.  

April 7, 2008 3:35 PM ET

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