While organized criminals and drug traffickers account for the bulk of attacks against Mexican journalists, CPJ has documented an increasing number of assaults committed by security forces. Just last week, this reality was brought into sharp focus with the accusation by a reporter that he had been roughed up by the military.
Jorge Inzunza Bustillos, a crime reporter for the Culiacán-based daily Sol de Sinaloa, said he was was harassed and beaten by the Mexican army on August 4 while covering a shooting in the western city of
In February, federal agents detained and assaulted a photographer who was photographing a fatal car accident involving police in the eastern state of
Emma Quiroz, spokeswoman for the Culiacán-Navolato military operations, told CPJ that she knew about Inzunza’s attack through media reports. After CPJ issued an alert on the incident, Quiroz called again and said that “the army had no reports of any journalist being mistreated.”
“If we receive an official complaint, we will investigate,” said Quiroz. She reiterated that all military operations are conducted “with respect for human rights and freedom of expression.”