Tuesday, August 5, 2014

México: Twelve-Year-Old Son of Mexican Broadcaster Shot, Killed in Central State of México

According to The Latin American Tribune, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders sought protection on Tuesday (August 5) for a Mexican journalist whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot outside the family’s home in the central state of México.

The slaying occurred last Friday (August 1) in the town of Luviano when unknown assailants shot and killed the journalist's son, where he also has the studio of the community radio station he runs: La Calentana Mexiquense.

The broadcaster’s son was struck three times, the Paris-based organization known by the French initials RSF said in a statement.

Benitez said he had received no previous threats, “but did not rule out the possibility that he was targeted because of his news coverage,” RSF said.

“We urge the National Commission for Human Rights to take all necessary measures to protect Benitez and his family,” said Camille Soulier, head of RSF’s Americas desk.

COMMENT: The family has asked authorities to determine whether the crime was related to Benitez’s professional activity, and for that reason asked that the investigations be carried out by the office of the special prosecutor for crimes against freedom of speech.

RSF said La Calentana Mexiquense is dedicated to serving and aiding the inhabitants of Luvianos, a town bordering on the states of Michoacan and Guerrero in an area known for drug trafficking.

Benitez said the attack that killed his son “could have come from either side,” inferring either the security forces or organized crime.

The criminal act came three days after the murder of Mexican journalist Nolberto Herrera Rodríguez, said RSF, which places México 152nd on its list of 180 nations that it rates for freedom of the press.