first_imgNews December 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community journalist murdered, motive still to be established News Help by sharing this information Reports ColombiaAmericas News RSF_en Follow the news on Colombia to go further Organisation center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more Harold Humberto Rivas Quevedo, the host of a community programme on local TV station CNC Buga and a sports commentator for two radio stations, Voces del Occidente and Radio Guadalajara de Buga, was shot dead last night in Buga, in the western department of Valle del Cauca.Aged 48, Rivas was gunned down in the funeral parlour that he also managed. A man in a helmet marched in and shot him five times. The killer then walked out and drove off on a motorcycle.“The murder motive has yet to be established but we urge the authorities not to rule out the possibility that it was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In a country torn by an endless civil war, community journalists, who often work in the worst-hit areas, are in the front line. The political discussion programme Rivas hosted could have exposed him to reprisals.”In the programme “Comuna Libre” that he had been hosting on CNC Buga for the last eight months, Rivas invited community leaders and politicians to discuss local issues, which were sometimes quite controversial.His colleagues nonetheless insisted that they had never heard anyone threaten him. His family described him as a happy and very active man who had shown no sign of having any particular worries.Rivas was the third journalist to be killed this year in Colombia, which was ranked 126th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. October 21, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_img RSF_en November 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International community urged to support journalists forced into exile News Reports April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Claudio Tiznado, a reporter with Géneros, a newspaper based in Hermosillo, in the northwestern state of Sonora, requested asylum in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2007 but was unsuccessful and returned to Mexico a few months later. Misael Habana had a similar experience. Habana used to co-produce a news programme on the privately-owned national TV station Televisa with Amado Ramírez, who was murdered in Acapulco, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, on 6 April 2007. He requested asylum in Canada but gave up after seeing it was going to take a very long time.At least six journalists working for various news media have been threatened recently in Ciudad Juárez. For obvious security reasons, Reporters Without Borders will not publicly identify these journalists, but it is ready to provide their details to the appropriate international bodies.The offensive launched by the federal authorities against drug trafficking after President Felipe Calderón took office in 2006 triggered an unprecedented response from the drug cartels while failing to eradicate organised crime’s penetration of both the state and federal governments. More than 4,000 people have been killed since the start of the year in Mexico as a result of this undeclared war.At total of 44 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, half of them gunned down by organised crime. Another eight have gone missing since 2003. Two other journalists are being held for unclear reasons. One is Jesús Lemus Barajas, the editor of the regional daily El Tiempo in the southwestern state of Michoacán, who had been held since 7 May for alleged drug trafficking – a subject he was investigating at the time of his arrest. The other is Roberto Tepepexteco Hipólito of the daily El Debate de los Calentanos in the state of Guerrero, who was arrested on 6 September after covering a clash between presumed drug traffickers and federal agents.The western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media, more dangerous even than Colombia, Mexico was ranked 140th out 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas center_img News Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders believes that action by the international community is more necessary than ever in the face of the wave of terror that has hit the northern city of Ciudad Juárez since the start of the month, in which journalists have been among the most prominent victims.As an emergency measure, Reporters Without Borders calls on the US border authorities to make the necessary humanitarian provisions for journalists who are forced to flee into exile. In particular, it requests the immediate release of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto – held in the Texan border town of El Paso since June after entering the United States in an unauthorised manner – while his asylum request is considered. A Reporters Without Borders representative is to visit him today.“Basic freedoms, beginning with the freedom to report the news, sound like hollow words in a situation that requires help from the international community with keeping the peace and combating impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Humanitarian assistance is also needed from other countries, especially the United States and Canada, which can expect to see journalists arriving and asking for their protection,” the organisation continued. “These countries cannot ignore the risks these journalists face in their own countries or, even less, treat them as a threat. This is why we regard Emilio Gutiérrez’s prolonged detention at the request of the US immigration authorities as shocking and incomprehensible.”A reporter for the El Diario newspaper in Ascensión, in Chihuahua state (of which the capital is Ciudad Juárez), Gutiérrez fled to the border with his 15-year-old son on 15 June because he had been getting death threats believed to have come from members of the Mexican military. After identifying themselves to a US immigration patrol, they were placed in detention. The son was released and is now in the care of relatives in El Paso. But Gutiérrez has remained in detention despite a recent reminder by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees about the obligation to provide asylum. He could remain there for several more months as a hearing scheduled for today has been postponed until March.A journalist employed by the same newspaper, Armando Rodríguez Carreón, was gunned down outside his Ciudad Juárez home on 13 November. During his funeral, Jorge Luis Aguirre, the editor of the online newspaper La Polaka, received a call on his mobile in which he was told “you will be next.” As a result, he decided to travel to the United States with his family. Luís Horacio Najera, a correspondent for the national daily Reforma, has been holed up in Canada for the past month. The managing editor of Reforma, Alejandro Junco de la Vega, publicly announced his decision several months ago to go into exile in the United States for safety reasons. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US and Canadian authorities to make the necessary humanitarian provisions for Mexican journalists who are forced to flee into exile because of threats from the drug cartels. The organisation will today visit one of these journalists, Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, who is being held in the Texan border town of El Paso at the behest of the US immigration authorities. 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