IFJ Demands End to Slaughter of Mexican Journalists after Three Deaths in February

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Latin American regional group, FEPALC, today condemned the killings of journalists in Mexico, following the murder of Juan Carlos Hernández, director of El Quijote newspaper published in the Guerrero region, on February 27th.

Hernández was shot several times by two people driving a pickup truck through the town of Tehuilotepec. The victim's family refused to provide further details for fear of reprisals against them.

"The worse we can do is to remain silent as the gravestone under which the murdered Mexican journalists are buried", says Paco Audije, Deputy Secretary General of the IFJ. "We demand a real investigation and reject the declarations of certain authorities who avoid their responsibilities by claiming these murders have nothing to do with their work as journalists".

Two other Mexican journalists have been killed in February. Jean-Paul Ibarra Ramírez, reporter in El Correo, city of Iguala, state of Guerrero, was killed on 13 February  as well as Luis Daniel Méndez Hernández, who was shot dead on 22 February . Méndez Hernández was a journalist in Radiorama, station which broadcast in Veracruz, east of Mexico.

The IFJ and FEPALC support the demand to federalize the crimes against freedom of expression, including of course the killing of journalists, and to create an attorney post dedicated to investigating attacks against journalists.

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide