New York, March 15, 2010—Mexican reporter Evaristo Pacheco Solís was found shot to death on Friday in the city of Chilpancingo, in the crime-ravaged state of Guerrero, news reports said. Authorities must fully investigate the murder and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Pacheco, 33, a reporter with the
weekly Visión Informativa was shot
several times with a small caliber pistol, and his body was left along the side
of a rural road, according to local news reports. Family members identified the
journalist’s body on Saturday, Mexican press reports said. CPJ is investigating
whether Pacheco’s slaying was linked to his journalism.
Pacheco is the second journalist
killed in Guerrero this year. On January 29, Jorge Ochoa Martínez, publisher of
the weekly El Oportuno and the
twice-weekly El Sol de la Costa,
to death after leaving a party for a local politician. Last week, the state
prosecutor’s office accused two men of murdering Ochoa during what authorities described
as a street altercation.
“We are disturbed by Pacheco’s
killing and the wave of violence in the state that is seriously inhibiting the
ability of journalists in Guerrero to report the news,” said Carlos Lauría,
CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas. “Mexican authorities must
conduct a thorough investigation, bring those responsible to justice, and ensure
that the press in Guerrero can work without fear of reprisal.”
Guerrero state is racked by open
warfare between drug gangs. Such violence left more than 15 people dead in the
state over the weekend, according to press reports. Local journalists told CPJ
that cartels control significant parts of the state.
Over all, Mexico is
one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press, CPJ research shows.
Since 1992, a total of 44 journalists, including Pacheco, have been killed in Mexico. At
least 19 were slain in direct reprisal for their work, CPJ investigations have
found. Another eight have disappeared
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