Two journalists killed within 24 hours; motives not yet known

first_img RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go further Receive email alerts News July 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists killed within 24 hours; motives not yet knowncenter_img Reports MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders today called on federal and state authorities to do their utmost to find the killers of two journalists: Martín Javier Miranda Avilés, a reporter on the daily Panorama and correspondent for news agency Quadratin, found dead at his home in Zitacuaro, Michoacán state in the south-east on 12 July and Ernesto Montañez Valdivia, an editor on the local newspaper Enfoque del Sol de Chihuahua, shot dead in Ciudad Juárez in the north of the country on 14 July. “These murders took place in the two regions that are the most mired in the war of the cartels and the federal drive against drug trafficking. Against this background the killing of a journalist goes beyond targeted revenge against an individual and is a way of terrorising the entire press and citizens”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We offer our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and their colleagues and urge a thorough investigation into both cases, the circumstances of which and motives are not yet known. The connection with their work must therefore be taken into account,” added the organisation which sent a delegation to the country at the start of July and will release a report in September.Montañez Valdivia was ambushed by armed men while driving his car accompanied by his 17-year-old son, who was badly wounded in the neck and taken to hospital with critical injuries. The car carried a sticker “Press 2007” and the name of the magazine, El Enfoque del Sol de Chihuahua. The national daily Milenio said there had been 325 such killings in Chihuahua state in the month of June alone. Miranda Avilés was found dead at his home with two knife wounds in his back. The motives for the murder were unclear but his colleagues said he had recently received threats, while at the same time believing it was most likely a ‘crime of passion’. The journalist only very occasionally covered crime, but the management of Panorama did not rule out some kind of reprisals against the newspaper. News vendors were attacked two weeks earlier while selling an edition of the paper that carried a report of the arrest of a police officer in possession of guns and drugs. The killing of Miranda Avilés came on the same day as the capture of Arnoldo Rueda Medina, one of the godfathers of “The Family”, the feared Michoacán cartel. This arrest was followed by an upsurge in violence, including an attack on a police station in Zitacuaro. Follow the news on Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

FC Barcelona Apologize for Real Betis Tweet

first_imgBarcelona: Spanish champions FC Barcelona have apologized for a tweet they posted mocking Real Betis after beating them 5-2 in their Spanish league match. Barcelona posted a photo of defender Junior Firpo holding up five fingers after the match with the caption “Junior knows.””Barcelona wishes to sincerely apologize for any offense caused to Real Betis,” the club tweeted. “No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior.” FC Barcelona had signed Firpo from Betis in August. The 23-year-old made his debut during the win, coming on for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha in the 81st minute. Firpo featured in 29 games for Betis last season and was part of Spain’s U21 European Championship-winning side in June. (IANS) Also Read: FC Barcelona trample Napoli 4-0 in Pre Season Friendly Also Watch: Watch Video | Fan of Zubeen Garg washes his feet during a promotion show in Assamlast_img read more

Venus rises to occasion with straight-sets win

first_img(REUTERS) – Sixth-seeded Venus Williams stayed on track for a possible semi-finals clash with sister Serena by sprinting past German Julia Goerges to reach the third round of the U.S. Open tennis yesterday.Williams, 36, relied on her big serve when pressed in posting a 6-2, 6-3 victory under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, turning away four of five break points held by the 64th-ranked Goerges.Williams, the U.S. Open winner of 2000 and 2001, was runner-up to top seed Martina Hingis as an unseeded player in the inaugural year of Ashe Stadium and 19 years later finished the first U.S. Open day session played entirely under a roof.“1997 was a long time ago,” Williams said on court after her victory. “I’m so grateful to be here still playing, still winning matches and I can’t wait for the next round.”The elder Williams sister will next play either 26th seed Laura Siegemund of Germany or unseeded American Nicole Gibbs.last_img read more