The United Nations Organizations (UN) in Mexico, in its offices of the High Commissioner for Human rights (UN-DH) Y UN Womencondemned the murders of the journalists Yesenia Mollinedo Falconi Y Sheila Johana Garcia Olivera in Veracruz.
On Monday afternoon, the communicators were murdered in the municipality of Cosoleacaque, Veracruz. Mollinedo worked as director of the information agency and coverage of the entity “The Truthful”, while García was a cameraman for the same media outlet.
According to the Veracruz Attorney General’s Office, the investigation folders for the double murder were started and the informative work of both would not be ruled out. Of these statements, the one of Ramiro Mollinedo, Yesenia’s brotherwho revealed that he received two weeks earlier for his journalistic work.
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So far in 2022, five months, it has been verified the murder of 11 journalists. The most recent of all is the murder of the journalist and columnist Luis Enrique Ramirez in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
While UN-DH He detailed that in 2021, the death of eight journalists and two hideouts of a media outlet were recorded, as well as two other missing journalists.
“The murder of three journalists in just one week generates consternation and deep concern, as it reflects the seriousness of the context of insecurity and violence in which journalists in Mexico must carry out their important work.“, he pointed Guillermo Fernandez-Maldonador, representative in Mexico of the UN-DH.
“It is also an urgent reminder of the importance that the authorities adopt timely and effective measures to fulfill their obligation to guarantee the protection and safety of people who practice journalism against any possible threat, intimidation or aggression.”, he added.
In the same statement, Fernández-Maldonado stressed the importance of “put an end to widespread impunity“, as, “the absence of identification and punishment of criminals favors the repetition of violent attacks”.
“It is urgent to redouble joint efforts at the federal and local levels to adopt preventive and investigative measures in a coordinated manner capable of creating an adequate environment so that people who practice journalism in the country do so with complete freedom and security.”, Fernandez-Maldonado mentioned.
“It is essential that the pertinent instances include the gender perspective as a central element in the process of investigation, sanction and reparation, as well as in the mechanisms for the protection of journalists.”, underlined Belén Sanz Luque, representative of UN Women in Mexico.
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UN-DH and Women They called on the authorities to investigate the facts, considering the work carried out by the victims.
They called on the state toadvance in the attention of the structural causes that favor these attacks, to prevent their repetition and guarantee in a sustainable way the security of all the people who practice journalism”.
Just last May 3, the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) stressed that Mexico It is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists due to the number of murders that are recorded each year, as well as warning that the corresponding authorities “they rarely solve these crimes or prosecute those responsible”.