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Thursday August 5, 2010

UPDATE:  Suspects in Custody for Kidnapping of Mexican Journalists

UPDATE:  Mexican authorities are announcing the capture and arrest of three Mexican nationals thought to be involved in the July 26 kidnappings of four journalists.  Three of the four journalists were returned safely but one remains unaccounted for.  It is unknown if the fourth journalist was located when the suspects were apprehended. 


UPDATE:  Three out of four Mexican journalists kidnapped early last week have been released.  A reporter for Televisa television was released first and then two cameraman one from Televisa and the other from Milenio Television.  The columnist from El Vespertino, Oscar Solis, remains missing.  All three are said to be in good health and were unharmed.  Media organizations were outraged at the boldness of the kidnappings and top network Televisa cancelled its news program in protest.  Viewers were welcomed by an blank television screen when they tuned in to the news. 


ORIGINAL STORY:  Four northern Mexican journalists, that include a television reporter, two camera man and a newspaper columnist, covering the ongoing problems in a Durango prison remain missing this morning since being kidnapped on Monday.  The journalists were covering ongoing gang control of a prison in Gomez Palacio, Durango that has been receiving a lot of attention.  Prison authorities were under investigation for allowing inmates to leave with weapons and carryout executions without impunity.  The inmates from this prison have been connected to the July 18 killing of 17 young people attending a party in Coahuila.

No one has laid claim to the kidnapping of the journalists, authorities suspect a drug cartel from Sinaloa and rivals to the powerful Zeta cartel.  Some of the kidnappers demands include the airing of video discrediting the corrupt prison officials and the Zeta drug cartel.  Journalists have been targeted some time in Mexico, with at least 30 murdered or unaccounted for since 2006 when President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels. 

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