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IAPA calls for authorities to solve unpunished murders of journalists

(IAPA/IFEX) - The following is an abridged version of a 28 October 2008 IAPA press release:

IAPA calls for more political will to solve unpunished murders of journalists in Mexico

Recalls Bradley Ronald Will on second anniversary of his murder, urges action in José Ramírez Puente, Guadalupe García Escamilla, Enrique Perea Quintanilla, Raúl Gibb Guerrero, Francisco Ortiz Franco and Amado Ramírez Dillanes cases, among others.

Miami (October 27, 2008) - On the second anniversary of the murder in Mexico of American documentary producer Bradley Ronald Will, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today urged the federal and state governments in that country to demonstrate a will to investigate and solve the disappearances and murders of journalists there, so as to bring about justice and put an end to impunity.

IAPA President Enrique Santos Calderón cited a resolution on Mexico that the hemisphere free press organization adopted at its General Assembly earlier this month in Madrid, which called on the state attorneys of Baja California, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora and Veracruz to address the issue and review the case files of all occurrences of the murder or disappearance of journalists in their states.

Santos, editor of the Bogotá, Colombia, newspaper El Tiempo, added that in the resolution the IAPA also called on the Mexican Attorney General's Office to move ahead with investigations into those murder cases coming under federal jurisdiction that remained unsolved, among them that of Will, a reporter and documentary producer for the independent news agency Indymedia, killed on October 27, 2006.

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