Former director of Mexico City daily found murdered
November 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET
New York, November 17, 2006—José Manuel Nava Sánchez, former director of the Mexico City-based daily Excélsior and columnist for the national daily El Sol de México, was found murdered yesterday in his apartment. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether the killing is connected to his work.
According to the Mexican press, Nava’s body was found around 9 a.m. by a cleaner in his Mexico City apartment. He had been stabbed at least seven times on the neck and chest. Local authorities told reporters that a number of valuable items were apparently missing from the journalist’s home.
Nava had been Excélsior’s director from February 2002 until December 2005, when the paper was bought by Grupo Imagen, owner of several Mexican radio stations. Until then, Excélsior had been run by its journalists and employees as a cooperative. Before taking over as director, Nava had been Excélsior’s correspondent in Washington D.C. for 16 years.
In September, Nava began writing the daily column “Nuevo Poder” (New Power) for El Sol de México, said Guillermo Chao, information director for the Mexican Editorial Organization that owns the daily. Nava’s columns focused on political and social analysis, Chao told CPJ.
On November 6, Nava published a book entitled Excélsior, el asalto final (Excélsior, the Final Assault), criticizing Mexican government officials, Excélsior employees and members of the Mexican business community for their role in the demise of Excélsior as a cooperative, the local press reported. Nava accused several individuals of dishonesty, Octavio Colmenares, a spokesman for the book’s publisher Libros para Todos Editorial, was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. Both Colmenares and Chao said that they know of no threats against Nava.
Mexico City authorities conducting an investigation into the murder said that they have not been able to determine a motive and do not have suspects in custody, according to the local press.
“We are shocked by the killing of our colleague José Manuel Nava, the fifth journalist murdered this year in Mexico,” said CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon. “We urge Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into Nava’s death.”
CPJ has confirmed that one of the five journalists killed this year was slain in connection with his reporting. It continues to investigate the killings of the four others.
Mexico City, September 24, 2018--Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a rigorous and credible investigation into the killing of reporter Mario Leonel Gómez Sánchez in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Mexico City, August 30, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Mexican authorities to undertake an immediate and credible investigation into the killing of Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares, a cameraman for a local television broadcaster based in Cancún, in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Rodríguez Valladares was shot...
Mexican journalist and media owner killed in Quintana Roo
July 25, 2018 5:37 PM ET
Mexico City, July 25, 2018--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must undertake a swift, credible, and exhaustive investigation into the murder of journalist and media owner Rubén Pat Cauich. Pat was shot to death by an unknown attacker on July 24 in a bar in the...
Mexico City, July 5, 2018--Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must immediately undertake a swift and credible investigation into the shooting death of journalist José Guadalupe Chan Dzib and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chan Dzib was shot and...
Mexico City, May 30, 2018--Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas must undertake a swift and credible investigation into the death of Héctor González Antonio, a correspondent for the national newspaper Excelsior and the television broadcaster Imagen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....