By Ingrid Bachmann
A group of journalists demonstrated during a state legislative session in Tlaxcala to demand an investigation into actions taken by the municipal police of Apizaco city against Pedro Morales González, Notimex reports.
González, a reporter for El Periódico de Tlaxcala, was detained for more than eight hours while investigating alleged corruption by the city’s mayor. According to Notimex, local media reported that the mayor “beat, threatened…and incarcerated” the journalist.
Local legislators agreed to ask the prosecutor to expedite the investigation into the case and urged the authorities to “guarantee the impartiality of justice,” e-Consulta explains. The politicians also called on city employees to avoid “acts that [harm] the integrity” of journalists, El Pediódico de Tlaxcala adds.
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.