Authorities arrest five more suspects in kidnappings of journalists in México

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  • August 13, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Milenio is reporting that the Mexican Public Safety Secretary announced the capture in Durango of five alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel suspected of being linked to the kidnapping of two television videographers and a reporter at the end of last July.

At the moment of their arrest, the supposed kidnappers were in possession of nine vehicles -- all of which had been reported stolen -- in addition to various assault rifles and guns, according to Notimex.

The unprecedented kidnapping of four journalists in northern Mexico unleashed a debate about the dangers of being a journalist in Mexico and mobilized hundreds of journalists to march in protest against the lack of safety.

Special rapporteurs for freedom of expression from the United Nations and the Organization of American States in a joint mission to Mexico said that the Mexican press is experiencing a critical moment and they suggested creating a National Commission for the Protection of Journalists.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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