Photo: Hypatia Stephania Rodríguez Cardoso
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed its concern over the disappearance of Mexican journalist Hypatia Stephania Rodríguez Cardoso and her 2-year-old son, which apparently happened in Saltillo, Coahuila, in the early morning Friday June 8.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur asks the State to undertake all the necessary actions to find the reporter and her son alive, and to ensure the investigation looks into the possibility that the disappearance be connected to the reporter’s professional practice.
According to the information that has been received, the reporter works for Zócalo, a newspaper of Saltillo, and usually covers news stories on police-related affairs.
On the night of June 7, the journalist went to a social gathering of journalists, along her son. Once the gathering was over, on the first hours June 8, she went to her house and minutes later she called some colleagues to say that she had made it home safely. However, the next day she was discovered missing and her house showed signs of having been searched. Her camera was found destroyed and her car was not found.
Her disappearance was reported to the police on the morning of Saturday, June 9, at the state’s office of the Solicitor General of Justice, but the investigation has apparently been transferred to the national Office of the Solicitor General.