Photo: Another Journalist Killed in Mexico
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Mexican journalist, the latest addition to what she called “the long list of victims sacrificed at the altar of freedom of expression.”
Angel Castillo Corona wrote about local politics for the regional newspapers Puntual and Diario de México in Ocuilan. On July 4th, unidentified assailants beat him to death on the highway from Ocuilan to Tiaguistenco in an attack in which his 16-year-old son was also killed.
Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), condemned the murder of Mr. Castillo, the third journalist killed in Mexico in just one month. Pablo Ruelas Barraza of the Diario del Yaqui in Huatabampo and El Regional de Sonora in Hermosillo was killed in Sonora on June 13. While his colleague, Miguel Ángel López Velasco, a columnist for the local online daily Notiver, was killed in the east coast city of Veracruz on June 20.
“Sadly, the name of Mr. Castillo is but the newest addition to Mexico’s alarmingly long list of victims sacrificed on the altar of freedom of expression,” she stated in a news release.
“I call on the authorities to spare no effort in pursuing criminals who use violence to curb the media.”
Mr. Castillo’s son was killed in the attack when his father’s attackers ran him over with their car, according to the non-governmental watchdog Reporters without Borders.