The UN asks the Mexican authorities to protect journalists after the murder of the reporter in Nayarit

(CNN Spanish) — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico has called on Mexican authorities to protect journalists following the latest killing of a journalist in Mexico on Saturday, the UN said in a statement on Monday.

“The Office of the High Commissioner has called on authorities at all levels to work in a coordinated manner to ensure the protection of the Nayarit journalist union,” the UN statement read.

Journalist Luis Martín Sánchez went missing on July 5 and his body was found on Saturday on an abandoned road in Tepic, Nayarit, authorities said.

Sánchez was a correspondent for the newspaper La Jornada. On the same day as Sánchez’s disappearance, two other journalists went missing and were found alive days later, authorities said.

According to the United Nations statement, those responsible for the crime also took away the journalist’s computer, cell phone and other equipment. Sánchez has also partnered with local digital outlet Crítica Digital Noticias.

Mexico ranked second in murders of journalists in 2022

Undersecretary of State for the Security of Mexico’s Citizens, Luis Rodríguez Bucio, said during a press conference that two journalists were assassinated in Mexico in 2023.

“As regards the murders of journalists, we have two cases this year. We had already seen Marco Aurelio Ramírez and now Luis Martín Sánchez in Tepic, Nayarit”.

However, the non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders reports that so far six journalists have been killed in 2023 and another is missing in the state of Veracruz.

“The murder of a journalist, the disappearance of a journalist has a terrible impact on his family, but above all it has an impact on society, on the right to information, on democracy, and this is a dimension that the authorities suddenly don’t see or they don’t see I don’t want to see,” Balbina Flores of Reporters Without Borders told CNN En Español.

“In other words, the impact of these killings has a huge impact on society,” Flores said.

Flores urged the authorities to carry out “a timely, comprehensive, independent and effective investigation to clarify the facts and punish all those responsible”.

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, complained about the killing on Monday and said, “it’s bad news.”

On the same day, a group of journalists and media workers held protests in the capital asking the authorities not to abandon them and to speed up the investigation to find and punish those responsible.

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