Third journalist murdered this year in Mexico

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies February 9, 2016 – Updated on August 11, 2016 Third journalist murdered this year in Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that the body of Anabel Flores Salazar, a crime reporter for the El Sol de Orizaba newspaper, was found on the Cuacnopalan-Oaxaca road in Puebla state yesterday, a day after the 32-year-old mother was abducted from her home in neighbouring Veracruz state.Identified by relatives, her semi-naked body was found with a plastic bag covering her head. She was the third journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico. RSF reiterates its call to the Mexican authorities to establish effective measures for protecting journalists and guaranteeing their safety.********************************************************************Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned for the safety of Anabel Flores Salazar, a crime reporter kidnapped from her home in Orizaba, in the eastern state of Veracruz, in the early hours of yesterday, and urges the local authorities to continue their efforts to find her.The State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP) initiated an immediate alert procedure designed to expedite efforts to locate Anabel Flores Salazar. The Veracruz state prosecutor’s office said in a statement yesterday that it was doing everything possible to find the missing journalist.Nothing in so far known about the identity of Flores’ kidnappers, armed men in military-like uniforms who reportedly said they had a warrant for her arrest.“We are deeply shocked by Anabel Flores’ abduction and we call on the local authorities to pursue their efforts to find this journalist as quickly as possible,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.A specialist in criminal investigations, Flores works for El Sol de Orizaba, a local newspaper. She also writes for other publications such as El Mundo de Orizaba and El Buen Tono. Jorge Morales, the CEAPP representative in Veracruz, said she covers “organized crime” and described her reporting as “incisive.”Ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Mexico is the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists. Help by sharing this information to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico ******************************************************************** (Updated on 11 August 2016) The Veracruz state prosecutor’s office confirmed, on August 10th 2016, the arrest of Manuel N, alias “El Cachorro”, identified as a local chief of the notorious Zetas cartel, for his alleged connection with the murder of the journalist Anabel Flores, earlier this year. In May, after the arrest of another member of this same criminal gang that was also suspected for his implication in the reporter’s murder, the Prosecutor declared that Anabel Flores was killed because she published information that harmed the cartel’s interests. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports MexicoAmericas News RSF_en last_img read more

Penn State frat member faces no jail time over pledge’s death

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The first member of a Penn State fraternity to be sentenced in connection to the death of a pledge will not face any jail time.Ryan Burke was the first of more than 20 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity to be sentenced in connection to criminal charges related to the death of Tim Piazza, who died in February of 2017.Burke, 21, was sentenced to probation, fines, legal costs and restitution to the Piazza family.Burke pleaded guilty to four counts of hazing and five counts relating to unlawful acts involving liquor.“This is a tragedy and he is anxious to make amends,” Burke’s attorney Philip Masorti said in January after entering the guilty plea, according to the Bridgewater Courier News. “There are too few words to describe a loss so great. This young man understands that.”On the night of Feb. 2, 2017, after taking part in a hazing ritual known as the “Gauntlet,” a heavily intoxicated Piazza was heard falling down the stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house, and later found lying face down at the bottom.Fraternity members carried him upstairs and put him on a couch, where they dumped water on his face and slapped him in an apparent attempt to wake him, to no avail, according to a grand jury report which cited evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some help, the pledge was shoved into a wall and was told that the brothers had it under control, according to the grand jury report.As the night went on, Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, tried over and over to stand on his own, falling each time and eventually going still, according to the grand jury report.No one called 911 until the next morning, when his breathing was labored and his skin had turned gray.Prosecutors have claimed the brothers waited to get Piazza help in an attempt to cover up their drinking and “coordinate a story.”Piazza died on Feb. 4 of traumatic brain injuries.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more