Seven years after Mexican reporter disappeared, family members, journalists ask for investigation to be reopened

After seven years of not knowing the whereabouts of Mexican journalist Alfredo Jiménez Mota, of the newspaper El Imparcial, his family and the editors of the newspaper have asked the Mexican authorities to reopen his case for investigation, reported the Freedom of Expression Program of the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics.

The journalist was last seen at age 25, on April 2, 2005, in the city of Hermosillo, Mexico, according to the news agency Notimex. The parents of the journalist, Esperanza Mota and José Alfredo Jiménez, said that the Attorney General's Office abandoned the investigation in 2007 after arguing that all lines of investigation were exhausted, according to the newspaper El Imparcial.

The president and managing editor of the newspaper El Imparcial, Juan Fernando Healy Loera, published in an editorial, saying: “We want to know what happened to journalist Alfredo Jiménez Mota," and demanding that his case be taken out of "the 'files' of impunity in which many others have remained."

In addition to this case, the Knight Center has reported other cases of missing journalists in the Mexican states of Michoacán, Veracruz, and Guerrero.