Cancun, Quintana Roo — Reporters Without Borders says that in Mexico, 21 journalists remain missing since 2003, calling it “a tragic record in the American continent.”
They report that the states of Michoacán, Veracruz, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Guerrero and Oaxaca have the highest rate of murdered and/or missing journalists due to the organized crime.
“Making a journalist disappear is a crime that can not remain unpunished,” says Emmanuel Colombié, director of Reporters Without Borders Latin America Office.
“The new Mexican government must double its efforts to make investigations more efficient, especially through a real coordination between the FEADLE and the new Special Prosecutor in Investigation of the Crimes of Forced Disappearance,” he says.
The call comes on the day of the murder of another journalist, this time in the state of Quintana Roo. On Wednesday afternoon, television cameraman Javier Rodríguez Balladares was shot and killed in the city of Cancun while walking with a friend.
Both Rodríguez Balladares and his male friend, who has not been identified, died. Neighbors report hearing two gunshots before seeing the two men lying on the ground. Residents called police who arrived along with medical personnel.
Both were pronounced at the scene. No one was arrested.
In a message from the state attorney general’s office of Quintana Roo, the state prosecutor said that they do not believe the shooting was a targeted attack, however, they are still investigating.