26 March 2008

Alert

Journalist's home fired upon in Manzanillo following articles critical of public officials


Incident details

Javier Montes Camarena

journalist(s)

attacked

This is available in:

English Español
(CENCOS/IFEX) - On 21 March 2008, the house of journalist Javier Montes Camarena came under gunfire. At 4:45 a.m. (local time), two unidentified individuals fired a 9 mm Luger handgun seven times at the façade of his house and at his car. Two bullets lodged in the front wall of the house, one penetrated into a room, and four hit his car.

Montes Camarena lives in the city of Manzanillo in Colima state, on the Pacific coast of the country. A journalist for 30 years and he is the author of a regular column in the newspaper "Diario de Colima", which has state-wide circulation.

Speaking to CENCOS, the journalist attributed the attack to state officials whom he has criticized harshly in his writings.

Among those the author considers suspect is the state governor, Silverio Cavazos Ceballos. The journalist thinks Cavazos Ceballos might be reacting to a 20 March column entitled "Sinners and Saints" in which he compared the governor with Judas Iscariot, asserting: "He too is a traitor in the biblical sense of the word."

Other possible figures behind the attack, according to the journalist, are: Martín Flores Castañeda, the general secretary of the state-level Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI); Fernando Morán, leader of a coastal organisation of PRI militants (Organización de militantes del Partido Revolucionario Institucional); and Fernando Alvarez Luján, regional communications coordinator for the state government in the municipalities of Tecomán, Armería, Minatitlán and Manzanillo.

Camarena has filed a complaint with the state authorities but doubts there will be a proper investigation, being that he is implicating the head of the state government.

CENCOS condemns this attack upon Camarena, which endangered not only the journalist but other members of his family. CENCOS demands that freedom of expression be respected, and calls upon the authorities to investigate the case rigorously and to the journalist so that he can continue to work.



Source

 
More from Mexico
  • Freedom on the Net 2017: Mexico

    A series of revelations renewed concerns about illegal surveillance practices in the country, as spying software sold to the government abusively targeted human rights lawyers, journalists, and activists

  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Mexico

    Article 19, counted 11 murders of journalists in possible connection with their work for the year, and a total of 100 such killings since 2000.

  • Libertades de resistencia. Libertad de expresión y derecho a la información en México 2016

    Cuando hablamos de libertades en este in- forme no nos referimos solamente a valo- res abstractos que por lo general se nos ha dicho que debemos defender. Más bien, lo que narramos son historias de trabajo que se desenvuelven en el día a día y que están resistiendo a esas condiciones permanentes de marginación, opacidad y agresión.