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Latino Daily News

Wednesday June 6, 2012

Mexican Journalists and Activists Continue to Flee to U.S.

Mexican Journalists and Activists Continue to Flee to U.S.

Photo: Journalist and activists are asylum seekers in the U.S.

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Mexican journalists and activists continue coming to the United States asking for what their own country is not giving them, the chance to live without fear, attorney Carlos Spector - who represents about a dozen of these people, most recently reporter Miguel Lopez Solana - told Efe.

Lopez Solana fled the eastern city of Veracruz last month along with his wife after the murders last year of his family and a series of murders of journalists.

The part-time photographer for Diario La Jornada said in an interview with Efe that he decided to leave Mexico after the murders of his mother, father and brother, and the killing last month of three reporters who were covering organized crime.

According to reports from the Veracruz police, the bodies of the three reporters were found dismembered and showing signs of torture.

Lopez Solana, who says that he was kidnapped and threatened at gunpoint in 2009 as a result of his work, accused the daily Notiver of having left his father, Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, and his brother Misael, who worked there as columnist and photographer, respectively, alone, a situation that evidently led to their murders.

In recent days, Notiver answered Lopez Solana saying that he had never worked for the daily, had never studied journalism and had no real reason to leave Mexico, adding that if anyone knows who killed his relatives it is he himself.

“It was a ‘drug blanket’ message that Notiver published,” said Spector, referring to the fact that in Ciudad Juarez drug traffickers send messages via blankets that they hang in public places so that they will be published by the communications media.

Lopez Solana’s attorney added that both this method of communication and the Mexican government link the victims to organized crime to “wash their hands.”

Spector said that the journalist was terrorized and entered the United States on a tourist visa, coming to his office on the advice and with the help of journalistic associations like the Committee for the Protection of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.

“Not only are they murdering journalists. They’re locating and hunting us, we’re living in terror,” Lopez Solana said.