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Sunday November 25, 2012

IACHR Condemns Murder of Mexican Journalist

IACHR Condemns Murder of Mexican Journalist

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The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of journalist Adrián Silva Moreno, which took place on November 14 in Tehuacán, Puebla, and urges federal and local Mexican authorities to take urgent action and activate all legal instruments available for identifying and punishing both the perpetrators of and the masterminds behind this crime.

According to the information received, Adrián Silva Moreno and his companion, identified as Misrael López González, were murdered on November 14.

The crime could be connected to information the reporter had on gasoline theft in the region. Adrián Silva Moreno contributed to a number of local media outlets, including: Diario Puntual, Radio 11.70 of Tehuacán and Global México.

The Office of the Special Rapporteur expresses its deep concern over the repetition of extremely serious attacks on the media in Mexico. This year, at least eight journalists and media employees have been murdered.

As the Office of the Special Rapporteur expressed in its Special Report on Freedom of Expression in Mexico, attacks on the media in that country have forced numerous media outlets to stop publishing news on corruption and organized crime as a security measure, thereby depriving Mexican society of basic information.