The Inter-American Press Association, IAPA, has called for an investigation into the abuses against journalists, demanding to know the reasonss for their deaths.
“Given the total impunity we journalists have already reached a stage in which while we do not have certainty regarding the causes of the murder of a colleague we have common cause to demand justice and that this be investigated painstakingly so as to learn the real motives of the crime and that those responsible be brought to court,” said IAPA’s chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Roberto Rock on the year’s events.
The IAPA guild denounced the murder of Salvador Adame Pardo, whose remains were identified by the Michoacan State Attorney’s Office Monday. The journalist, founder and director of Canal 6 Media TV and well known for his criticism of local municipal officials, was reported missing since May 18.
The non-profit organization appealed to three separate levels of government to stop attacks against Mexican journalists and allow them to work in peace. The National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) defended freedom of speech and communicators, stating that they deserve the right to practice their trade free from threats and attacks.
CNDH, Special Commission on Aggression of Journalists and the Chamber of Deputies Media and Communication have appealed to state authorities in defense of journalists, demanding action from the government to protect communicators. The organization's state journalists deserve the right to practice their trade in peace, completely free from danger.
"The National Commission calls on the authorities to intensify the investigations in a thorough and well-documented way so that the motive, whatever it may be, corresponds to the evidence," the group said in a statement.
"We call again the Secretary of the Interior to ensure the safety of journalists, and the Attorney General to punish those responsible," said the deputies.
Despite six written demands for information on attacks against journalists to the state and the Attorney General, attacks to journalists increase in number while current cases remain in impunity. So far, CNDH has registered attacks on more than 120 media professionals since 2000.