IAPA urges President Calderón to resolve murder of Mexican journalis

By Ian Tennant

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is urging Mexican President Felipe Calderón to renew investigative efforts into the 2008 killing of journalist Armando Rodríguez, IAPA said in a press release May 26.

The Miami-based IAPA said it sought to raise public awareness of unpunished crimes against journalists by sending Calderón a letter "signed by hundreds of newspaper readers throughout the Americas" asking the Mexican leader to push for arrests for the murder of Rodríguez, a journalist for El Diario de Juárez at the time of his death. IAPA said it appears Rodríguez was gunned down in his car because of his reporting on violence, the illegal drug trade, and corruption.

Earlier this year, El Diario de Juárez received an award for its courageous coverage of Ciudad Juarez. The northern border city has been considered one of the most violent in the world but officials have recently re-named the community Heroic City of Juarez.

Since 1992, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports, 23 Mexican journalists have been killed with impunity.

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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.