The four were abducted on Monday in the Laguna region, which
Media reports named the journalists as Jaime Canales, cameraman for the TV station Multimedios; Oscar Solís, a reporter with the local newspaper El Vespertino; and Héctor Gordoa and Alejandro Hernández, both cameramen for the national Televisa network.
Canales called Multimedios and relayed a demand from the kidnappers that Mexican media group Milenio (which owns Multimedios) broadcast three videos in exchange for the journalists’ freedom, the local press reported. In a news story today, Milenio said it has already broadcast the videos, which showed interviews with two men who said they worked for Los Zetas, and another man identified as a police officer. The three talked about how the Zetas have corrupted local officials and police. It was not clear whether the men were being held against their will, although they appeared to be under duress.
CPJ was unable to determine whether the kidnappers have made other demands.
“We urge state and federal authorities to do everything in
their power to locate the four missing journalists and bring them to safety,”
said Carlos Lauría, CPJ’s
Solís was abducted on Monday night, and the other three
journalists were reported missing on Monday afternoon after covering protests
organized by prisoners and their families at a detention center in the city of