Four Kidnapped Mexican Journalists Remain Missing

Friday, July 30, 2010

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. More than 30 journalists have been killed or disappeared in the country since President Felipe Calderón was elected in 2006. 

Four Mexican journalists are still missing after being kidnapped Monday by alleged members of a drug cartel. Three of the missing journalists are television cameramen, while one is a newspaper reporter. They were were all kidnapped after reportedly photographing a protest at Gómez Palacio prison, in the state of Durango. The protests came on the heels of the arrest of Margarita Rojas, the head of the prison, who is accused of allowing armed prisoners to leave the prison and carry out a mass killing a week earlier.

The newspaper Milenio reported that one of the kidnapped cameramen called his station's newsroom on Monday and said his captors wanted the station to broadcast three videos, which had already been posted on a blog. The station aired the three videos (which ran about 15 minutes long, in total) and showed local police officers and others, apparently held captive by the unnamed gang, condemning links between the police and the Zetas, one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels.

CPJ's Senior Program Coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauria, weighs in on the danger Mexican journalists face, while New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Malkin joins us from Mexico City with the latest news about the four missing journalists.


Carlos Lauria and Elisabeth Malkin

Produced by:

Amanda Moore

Comments [1]

Kenneth Thomas from Mexico City

Thank you for covering this.

The reasons for the current crisis in Mexico, are many and complex.

The numbers of reporters kidnapped, assaulted, and killed in Mexico has been steadily rising in the past years, since before the murder of journalist Bradley Will in Oaxaca in 2006.

The official statistics, of course, do not report every incident, and reflect a deteriorating situation in which both the free press and other institutions of civil society are increasingly threatened.

There have been many murders and assassinations, including those of mayors, policemen, judges, businessmen and others who failed to yield to corruption. A continued situation of intimidation, threatened or collapsing civil, social and economic institutions prevails, and expands along with the violence.

Just over two months ago, the council of mayors declared that close to half the territory of Mexico had fallen out of their and Federal Control.

I am not sure it is appropriate for this forum, and please feel free to delete them, but I am going to to link to my translations of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)'s ten-point plan for Mexico, which outlines both a different perspective on what is occurring and why, and a different plan of action:

Mexico continues to appoach its most difficult hours. We pray your goodwill, and the support of all who have an interest in Mexico.

Jul. 30 2010 01:01 PM

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