Yesterday, November 25, The Undersecretary of Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, announced that during 2020, the murder of 19 journalists in our country has been reported. The Mexican official even commented that this last decade has been one of the most violent against the journalistic union.
What did Alejandro Encinas reveal?
Yesterday, during the press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the undersecretary indicated that this last decade has been one of the most violent towards journalists in our country, reporting, to date, 138 homicides against workers of the journalistic union.
Not only that, Alejandro Encinas declared that in the last three years there has been a significant rebound and acknowledged that in the last decade, In 2020, the highest number of homicides against journalists have been committed, with a total of 19 murders.
What are the numbers during Q4?
Regarding the murders of journalists during the López Obrador government, the undersecretary pointed out that since the famous Fourth Transformation began, 38 homicides have been registered: two in the month of December 2018, 17 in 2019 and 19 in 2020.
Yes, he also added that Most of these homicides have been reported in five entities of the country: Veracruz, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua, which concentrate more than 51% of murders in this decade.
In fact, he also added that this violence has reached journalists who are incorporated into the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the country: “And since the creation of the mechanism, in 2017 to date, six journalists incorporated into the mechanism have been murdered, of which in only three cases there are already alleged perpetrators under criminal proceedings”.
Attacks are also committed against journalists
On the other hand, the undersecretary reported that in the last five years, They have registered a thousand 52 different attacks against journalists, ranging from beatings, injuries, threats, to attacks in their offices.
Although the most surprising thing is that Encinas added that more than 40% of these attacks have been attributable to public servants. “Unfortunately, the space where this type of violence occurs is, unfortunately, at the municipal level and with public servants in this area of government,” he commented.
He also announced that of the 38 homicides of journalists, 42% locate them in three entities: Sonora, Guerrero and Veracruz.
Finally, he highlighted that 13% of the homicides of journalists reported during this administration have been against women, and 87% against men. However, he pointed out that the regrettable thing is that the judicial processes do not advance and there is a very high percentage of impunity because “Only 5% of the 38 homicides committed in this administration have a sentence”.