Amado Ramírez Dillanes

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Attacks on the Press   |   Mexico

Attacks on the Press 2009: Mexico

Top Developments
• Amid threats and attacks, self-censorship becomes more pervasive.
• Congress stalls on reforms to combat violence against the press.

Key Statistic
9: Journalists missing since 2005. Most had covered crime and corruption.

The deepening influence of organized crime and the government’s inability to curb worsening violence left the news media wide open to attack. In the last 10 years alone, CPJ research shows, 32 editors and reporters have been killed, at least 11 in direct reprisal for their work. Nine more journalists have disappeared since 2005. Most of those targeted had covered organized crime, drug trafficking, or government corruption—topics that journalists say they increasingly avoid in fear of reprisal. Reforms that would impose special penalties for attacks on the press and give the federal government broad authority to prosecute crimes against free expression were stalled in Congress.

Blog   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist said things ‘very hard’ just before murder

Over the weekend I spent several hours with two prominent journalists in Chilpancingo, Mexico, wondering who murdered their colleague Jorge Ochoa Martínez on January 29, and hearing about some of the seemingly unbearable pressures on Mexican journalists. Ochoa was shot in the face as he was leaving a birthday party for a local politician in the town of Ayutla de los Libres.

Reports   |   Mexico

Three Killings, No Justice

Posted June 7, 2008

Mexico is not at war. It is a democracy. And yet it is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. Twenty-one journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, seven of them in direct reprisal for their work. Since 2005, seven others have gone missing. Mexico ranks 10th on CPJ's impunity index, along with such war-ravaged countries as Iraq, Somalia, and Sierra Leone.   

Alerts   |   Mexico

In meeting with Mexican ambassador, CPJ urges action on press attacks

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2007—Mexico’s federal government must take concrete steps to protect press freedom and prosecute those responsible for crimes against the press, a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a meeting Tuesday with the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana.
May 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Mexico

In Mexico, two men arrested in connection with journalist’s murder

New York, April 11, 2007—Mexican authorities detained two men in connection with last week’s murder of veteran broadcast journalist Amado Ramírez Dillanes in Acapulco.

Leonel Bustos Muñoz and Genaro Vásquez Durán were arrested Tuesday in Acapulco, 198 miles (320 kilometers) from Mexico City. According to an official statement, when federal police stopped Bustos and Vásquez as part of a routine highway patrol, they noticed Vásquez’ resemblance to a sketch of Ramírez’ murderer and found a .38-caliber gun similar to the one used in the murder. Witnesses later identified Vásquez as the suspected murderer, said the statement.
April 11, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Letters   |   Mexico

CPJ urges Mexican president to stop attacks against the press after execution of journalist Amado Ramírez Dillanes

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express alarm after the execution-style killing of veteran journalist Amado Ramírez Dillanes in Acapulco, in what has become a pattern of deadly attacks against the press that continue at an alarming rate. We are deeply concerned about the state of press freedom in Mexico, and call for swift and decisive federal action to stop this tide of violence.

April 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET


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