A group of Mexican journalists launched a Twitter campaign Monday demanding justice for the five victims of a multiple murder case in Mexico City, which took the lives of four women and photojournalist Ruben Espinosa.
Using the hashtag #DispararNoCalla, social media users are taking symbolic photos to spread awareness around the death of Espinosa and the four women who were tied up, tortured, and shot in Espinosa’s apartment Friday by unknown people.
The hashtag has a double meaning. It can be interpreted both as, “don’t be silenced, shoot (photos),” and, “shooting doesn’t shut people up.”
“Killing journalists won’t stop the truth being known”
Espinosa and another victim, identified as activist Nadia Vera, had previously expressed concern for their security, after both suffered intimidation and harassment in Veracruz.
In interviews conducted shortly before their death, both blame directly state governor, Javier Duarte, saying that if something happened to them or their families, it was going to be his responsibility.
Espinosa and Vera were killed along with three other women. All the victims had been tied up and were shot in the head. The bodies showed signs of torture and in the case of the female bodies, they were found half-naked and showed signs of rape.
The case has attracted world attention and has led to mass protests across Mexico, with tens of thousands of people in the streets demanding the government take action and halt the attacks against journalists in the country, which ranks among the most dangerous countries for journalists.