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Team of journalists robbed by 100 cartel gunmen in Mexican state of Guerrero

May 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Team of journalists robbed by 100 cartel gunmen in Mexican state of Guerrero

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Human right groups and multiple press outlets in Mexico have displayed their anger after at least 100 cartel members detained and robbed a team of reporters working in the cartel-operated state of Guerrero.

Over 100 armed cartel associated detained seven reporters who were covering roadblocks and a failed military operation targeted at slowing down the cartel violence in the area, according to Proceso. The gunmen held the journalists for 15 minutes, took their cameras, computers and one car and then released them after they issued a string of death threats.

According to Animal Politico, reporters have been identified as Hanz Musielik from Vice; Pablo Pérez from Hispano Post; Sergio Ocampo from La Jornada; Angel Galeana from Grupo Imagen; Alejandro Ortiz from Bajo Palabra; Jair Cabrera from La Jornada; and Jorge Martínez from Quadratín.

After the reporters had been set free, they managed to take the one remaining car. Less than a mile away, the group came upon a military checkpoint where they solicited help. Soon after, the victims filed complaints with the Guerrero Attorney General’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.

The attack on the journalists occurred in the strife-ridden state of Guerrero

After the incident, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued a denunciation of the crime.

“Guerrero is one of the most dangerous entities for journalists to practice. It is necessary to establish the conditions to guarantee that the work of journalists can be carried out without interference from public officials or other individuals,” a statement released by the CNDH said.

The Hispanic Post reported that the gunmen that conducted the robbery are associated with the La Familia Michoacana Cartel, a criminal group who have close links with politicians from the state of Guerrero.

The robbery of reporters in Mexico comes at a time when the country has already seen four journalists murdered by cartel members. Due to the extensive corruption and profound influence that cartels have in Mexico, the targeting of reporters remains largely unpunished.

The latest attack on the press also comes on the heels of the most recent execution of award-winning journalist Javier Valdez, in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

As JammedUp News reported, cartel gunmen opened fire on Valdez outside his office in Culiacan killing the editor and co-founder of Riodoce.

 

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