New president of Mexico asked not to forget journalist missing for 8 years

By Alejandro Martínez

In a front-page editorial on April 2, the Mexican newspaper El Imparcial asked the new president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, not to forget the case of Alfredo Jiménez Mota, a journalist who covered the police beat in the northern state of Sonora and disappeared eight years ago.

El Imparcial criticized the lack of progress in the federal investigations into the case and the indifference of the last two administrations.

“Now that a new federal government is beginning with Enrique Peña Nieto as head of the executive branch we ask that the case of our colleague, Alfredo Jiménez Mota, not be abandoned in the archives of impunity,” said the editor of El Imparcial, Juan Fernando Healy, in the editorial.

Jiménez Mota was 25 when he disappeared and covered public security and drug trafficking, according to Proyecto Impunindad.  He was last seen on April 2, 2005, in a mall in the city of Hermosillo, capital of Sonora, said the newspaper El Universal.

This April 2, as in years past, Jiménez Mota’s parents demanded progress in the investigation into their son’s disappearance.  Last year, they denounced the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Republic for abandoning the investigation in 2007.  The office had said that all possible lines of inquiry had been exhausted.

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.