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Sonora has joined the list of most dangerous states in Mexico for journalists

02 Jun

According to the ombudsman of the entity examples are the 26 complaints against journalists who are in the state police forces

Sonora itself is dangerous for journalists: ECHR

Sonora itself is dangerous for journalists: ECHR

Hermosillo, – Sonora is one of the 10 states of Mexico that means greater risks for journalists and examples are the 26 complaints against journalists in the state police forces. The disappearance and death of Alfredo Jiménez Mota and Marco Antonio Avila, respectively in addition to the recent attack on the columnist Gerardo Ponce de Leon.

The Ombudsman of Sonora, Raul Ramirez Arturo Ramirez, rejected statements made by the Secretary of Public Security in the state, Ernesto Munro Palacio, who said the General Director of the Program of Attacks against Journalists and Civil Defenders of Human Rights CNDH. The declaration and the statistics prove that Sonora is one of the 10 states most dangerous for journalists.

“The five states which are risky for journalists are Mexico City, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Chihuahua and unfortunately now Sonora. But it has not been determined where she lies,” he said during his recent visit to the state said Javier Sepulveda Amed of the NHRC.

This controversy is compounded by the president of the State Commission for Human Rights, Raul Ramirez, saying “there is a study of the National Commission on the most dangerous states, but we also have recorded the death of Marco Antonio Avila, and the disappearance of Alfredo Jiménez Mota, and the 26 complaints we have received from colleagues for obstruction of journalistic work, and the attack on the columnist Gerardo Ponce, which is why the statistics contained in Sonora.”

“I respect the statement of the Secretary of Security, but instead of seeing him as the source of the statistics it would be better to join forces to no longer continue to allow the attacks and insults on the journalistic profession,” stressed the Ombudsman.

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