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Volume 16, Number 1
January 20, 2009

opinion

Also in this section:
Editorials: Gómez was right to catch Sáez; and The legal headaches of climate change
Sirias, Taking the walk
Gilmour, Oranges
Lehman, The gringo lawyer's tale
Leis, The wrong way to power
Jackson, Election rule changes
Grant, Haiti: the passengers of memory
Alvares de Azevedo, Brazil's Haitian cross
Feinsilver, Haitian crisis a chance to improve US-Cuban ties
Esquivel, Bleak prospects for Haiti's recovery
Amnesty International, Protection of human rights must accompany relief efforts in Haiti
Weisbrot, Media battles in Latin America not about free speech
Reporters Without Borders, Mexican radio journalist abducted and slain
Stimson, China can outgoogle Google
Committee to Protect Journalists, China hackers hit media companies and activists online
Oilwatch, It pays to keep the oil in the ground
Chan, Mixed progress toward world health goals
Gutman, Saint Pius XII?
Lerner, Obama wouldn't listen to warnings
Letters to the editor

Journalist kidnapped in Sinaloa state was tortured and shot
by Reporters Without Borders

Radio journalist José Luis Romero’s body was found on 16 January alongside the road from Los Mochis to El Fuerte, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, just over two weeks after gunmen grabbed him while he was out shopping in Los Mochis on 30 December and bundled him into a pickup.

Sinaloa state judicial officials said Romero, 40, journalist of Linea Directa, was tortured and then shot in the head. He may have been murdered the same day as his abduction as they said he had been dead for about two weeks when the body was found. He worked for Linea Directa radio.

The state officials said his death bore all the hallmarks of an organized crime killing and that the case would be transferred to Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR). The day before the body’s discovery, an anonymous message told the authorities to look in a different location, known as Plan del Rio, and named various gang members as his killers.

The discovery of Romero’s body brings the number of journalists murdered in Mexico since 2000 to 60 and the number murdered since the start of the year to two (see 8 January release). A total of nine journalists are still missing in abductions that have taken place since 2003.

Mexico was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.




Also in this section:
Editorials: Gómez was right to catch Sáez; and The legal headaches of climate change
Sirias, Taking the walk
Gilmour, Oranges
Lehman, The gringo lawyer's tale
Leis, The wrong way to power
Jackson, Election rule changes
Grant, Haiti: the passengers of memory
Alvares de Azevedo, Brazil's Haitian cross
Feinsilver, Haitian crisis a chance to improve US-Cuban ties
Esquivel, Bleak prospects for Haiti's recovery
Amnesty International, Protection of human rights must accompany relief efforts in Haiti
Weisbrot, Media battles in Latin America not about free speech
Reporters Without Borders, Mexican radio journalist abducted and slain
Stimson, China can outgoogle Google
Committee to Protect Journalists, China hackers hit media companies and activists online
Oilwatch, It pays to keep the oil in the ground
Chan, Mixed progress toward world health goals
Gutman, Saint Pius XII?
Lerner, Obama wouldn't listen to warnings
Letters to the editor

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