Photo: Marcela Yarce and Rocío González Mexican Journalists Killed
The bodies of Marcela Yarce, a reporter for “Contralínea” and Rocío González, who worked for Televisa, were found abandoned in a garden park. The women were found naked and bound, and had apparently been strangled.
“Contralínea” Magazine director Miguel Badillo said the women were close friends, and had agreed to meet to go out Wednesday night, August 31st, and that’s the last he heard from them until they were found murdered. Authorities believe the women were killed sometime in the late evening this past Wednesday or early yesterday morning.
Contralínea issued the following statement:
“Those of us who belong to the team of journalists and reporters of this publication demand—with profound sadness and indignation, for the authorities to clarify this regretful incident. We join friends and families of these reporters in their grief, and demand justice.”
Contralinea is a news magazine with a reputation for reporting on government corruption and Yarce founded a related weekly magazine that does investigative pieces. Gonzalez was a freelancer for Televisa, which is a national television network in Mexico.
The brutal murder of these two reporters bring to 74 the number of journalists assassinated in México since the year 2000; this is the first time however, that violence against journalists happens in the relatively safe Mexico City metro area.