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Mexico: Acapulco daily’s news editor missing for past three days

Marco Antonio López Ortiz, the news editor of Novedades Acapulco, a daily based in the resort city of Acapulco (in the southwestern state of Guerrero), has been missing since 11:30 p.m. on June 7, when he was abducted by several individuals as he went to meet a woman friend in a bar, according to reports June 9 on the websites of his newspaper and El Sur, another local paper. Colleagues from Novedades Acapulco found his car outside the bar.

The staff of the two newspapers did not want to provide Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) with any additional information about the case. The Guerrero State Commission for Human Rights (CEDH) said no complaint had been filed with the commission by López’s family by yesterday evening.

“Like CEDH president Juan Alarcón Hernández, we voice our solidarity with López’s family and colleagues and we hope he will be found safe and sound soon, even if the outcome of the most recent disappearance of a journalist in Mexico makes us fear the worse. There have been many murders and disappearance in this region and two journalists were murdered in Guerrero last year without any progress in the investigation until now.”

Violence against journalists, human rights activists and civil society representatives continues unabated as a “peace caravan” that set off from the southern city of Cuernavaca six days ago continues to head for the US border, where it is due to arrive tomorrow. Led by Javier Sicilia, a poet whose son was murdered in March, it is intended to remind the federal authorities of the terrible toll from their offensive against drug trafficking – 40,000 dead since December 2006.

“Organised crime has to be combated but the authorities, who are themselves often its accomplices, cannot continue this insane offensive that has plunged the country into a state of war and sacrificed so many innocent lives,” RSF added. “The international community is not doing enough to denounce this collapse of the rule of law. What remains of civil liberties as armed terror continues to reign?”

Date posted: June 10, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 99