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Radio Station Director Murdered in Mexico's Jalisco State

The western hemisphere country where journalists are most in danger, Mexico was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

Jose Galindo Robles
"Pepe" Galindo as he was known to his friends, was director of Radio University of Guadalajara in Guzmán City for the last the five years of his life, Courtesy: informador.com

(MEXICO CITY RFA) - The body of José Galindo Robles, the head of Radio Universidad de Guadalajara, was discovered at his home in Guadalajara, in the western state of Jalisco, on 24 November, after it was noticed that several days had gone by with no word from him. His body was found wrapped in a blanket and with the hands tied with cable. The prosecutor’s office said the cause of death was a “deep contusion and fracture to the skull.”

Also in this country:

19 November 2009 - Journalist missing for one week in Michoacán state

9 November 2009 - Another journalist murdered in Durango State

13 October 2009 - Body of radio presenter discovered 48 hours after going missing

“This is sad news and, as is so often the case, it comes from a country that has been bled dry by organised crime and drug trafficking,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our condolences to the family and friends of José Galindo, who had received Mexican and Latin American prizes for his work as a journalist.”

The press freedom organisation added: “With murder motive yet to be established, we urge the authorities to consider the possibility that it was connected to his work. He was sometimes very outspoken and he was committed to defending human rights and the environment.”

Generally known as “Pepe Galindo,” he had received various prizes at the Latin American Radio Biennals. In 2004, he was awarded the National Prize for Environmental Journalism for a report about the impact of the pollution of the River Santiago, Mexico’s most contaminated river, on the inhabitants of El Salto and Juanacatlán (in Jalisco state).

Listen to the report in Spanish: share.ovi.com/media/yerecua

Even if it remains to be established whether Galindo was killed in connection with his commitment to the environment, it is certainly the case that environmental journalists are being increasingly targeted. In a report published on 17 September, Reporters Without Borders highlighted the dangers for journalists who expose environmental problems.

Download the report on environmental journalists: rsf.org/IMG/rapport_en_md.pdf

The western hemisphere country where journalists are most in danger, Mexico was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Galindo’s death brings the number of journalists murdered since 2000 to 57.

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Source: Reporters Sans Frontières / 'Reporters Without Borders'




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gail December 2, 2009 8:12 am (Pacific time)

Over the past years since the beginning of the endless wars, more and more journalists have been murdered many of them women. Some of the countries but not all by any means are U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Bosnia. Control of information. It used to be that stringers could write stories and their editors would just fail to print. Now intimidation...maybe next they will shut down the net.

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