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Head of kidnapping investigations unit threatens journalist

(CEPET/IFEX) - María de los Ángeles Herrera Delgado, the host of the "Punto de vista" news programme broadcast by XHEC 91.9 FM radio station and a contributor to several print media outlets, reported that she has been threatened by Ramiro González Muñiz, the head of a kidnapping investigations unit under the authority of the State of Coahuila Attorney General's Office, in northern Mexico.

Herrera Delgado told CEPET that, on 12 September 2009, González Muñiz called her at approximately 1:50 p.m. (local time) to complain about information she had published about him.

"He yelled and cursed at me. I told him to calm down, that if he wanted to we could meet at a café to discuss the information, but he kept insulting me. He issued a death threat against me and I told him that I was taping our conversation, but he just went on and on until finally I hung up," the journalist said.

Herrera Delgado noted that González Muñiz then kept calling both her home and mobile phone numbers. Since she refused to answer the calls, he sent her a text message at 2:19 p.m. that said: "I'm going to tape your radio programme starting today. Traitor."

"This is not the first time he has threatened me. He has called me before to complain about articles I've written and has told me that he is going to ask my bosses to fire me," Herrera Delgado said. She added that in a July edition of the "El Quijote" and "Vivir Coahuila" magazines she published columns about the trajectory of González Muñiz's career and indicated that the public official had become inexplicably wealthy.

The journalist has issued a public statement via several media outlets denouncing the threats against her and has called on the state governor, Humberto Moreira, to ensure her safety as well as that of her family.

"I am not afraid for myself, but I am concerned for my family. I will hold him (González Muñiz) responsible if anything happens to us," Herrero Delgado said.

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