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IAPA calls for renewed commitment to investigation into journalist's still unpunished murder

(IAPA/IFEX) - MIAMI, Florida, May 26 2011 - In a new step in its hemisphere-wide campaign to create awareness of the need to solve unpunished murders of journalists, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today called on Mexico's President Felipe Calderón to intervene and ensure that the stalled inquiries into the murder of journalist Armando "El Choco" Rodríguez move ahead.

In a letter to the head of the Mexican government, signed by hundreds of newspaper readers throughout the Americas, President Calderón is urged to act to see that those responsible for the death of Rodríguez, killed on November 13, 2008 in the northern Mexico city of Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua state, are brought to justice.

Rodríguez was sitting in his car with his eldest daughter outside their home when hired assassins shot him. The crime appears to be linked to reports he published in "El Diario de Ciudad Juárez" about corruption, violence and the illicit drug trade. Nothing is yet known about the investigation into the incident, nor whether anyone has been arrested or charged.

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