State official threatens Mexican reporter, says she gives voice to criminals

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  • November 10, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The State Human Rights Commission in Jalisco state has issued measures to protect Adriana Luna, a correspondent for Excélsior newspaper and the Imagen media company, who was threatened by the state’s secretary of Public Security, Luis Carlos Nájera, CEPET reports via IFEX.

According to Excélsior, the reporter was covering a tribute to nine police who were killed during an ambush and upset Nájera when she asked if the dead officers had been involved in organized crime. The official then accused her of giving criminals “more voice than the authorities” and said she was asking the question on behalf of criminals. Later, Nájera approached Luna and told her he was going to take action against her journalist husband, Moisés Mora.

This isn’t the first time that Nájera has had an altercation with reporters. According to Milenio, there are other occasions where Nájera has shown himself to be “sensitive” to criticism from the media.

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.