New York, September 25, 2009—Mexico must put an end
to the pattern of impunity in journalists’ murders by prosecuting all those
responsible for Wednesday’s brutal killing of Norberto Miranda Madrid, the
Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Miranda, a harsh critic of local
crime, was shot to death in his office in Nuevo Casas Grandes in northern
Around 11 p.m., two unidentified men wearing ski masks burst into the offices of local Radio Visión,
where Miranda and his brother José were working, local reporters told CPJ. The
assailants shot Miranda repeatedly in the back of the neck, a spokesperson at
Miranda, 44, known as “El Gallito” (The Tough Guy), wrote the Web column “Cotorreando con el Gallito” and was a host on local Radio Visión. A reporter with 15 years of experience, Miranda was known locally for his straightforward approach to social issues, according the national daily El Universal. In his most recent columns, he criticized the lack of safety in Nuevo Casas Grandes and its surrounding areas. His last column, posted on Tuesday, detailed what he said was a string of 25 execution-style murders in the area this month. The journalist pointed to organized crime groups as the executioners.
Authorities told local reporters they are reviewing Miranda’s recent columns to find a possible motive.
“Norberto Miranda Madrid is the fifth journalists to be
According to CPJ's annual survey, Attacks on the Press, 29 journalists have been killed, including Miranda, and at least 10 in direct reprisal for their work since 2000. Seven journalists have disappeared since 2005. Most covered organized crime or government corruption.
On May 25, unidentified assailants abducted crime reporter Eliseo
Barrón Hernández from his home
in Torreón in the state of
Three other journalists were killed in 2008. On January 12,
Paul Ibarra Ramírez was shot to death in the town of
In 2008, the