Country of Origin: Mexico
Status: Murdered November 13, 2008
José Armando Rodriguez Carreón was a veteran crime reporter for El Diario, a daily newspaper based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua state. On the morning of November 13, 2008, José was shot at least eight times by an unidentified person as he was about to drive his daughter to school.
At the time of his murder, José was reportedly covering drug-related violence and organized crime in Ciudad Juárez. José had previously left Mexico, temporarily, to live in El Paso, Texas, after receiving death threats. But when he returned to Ciudad Juárez he refused to stop covering crime stories despite further death threats.
Shortly before his death, José told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): “The risks here are high and rising, and journalists are easy targets. But I can’t live in my house like a prisoner. I refuse to live in fear.”
In the weeks following Rodríguez’ murder, death threats were received by other journalists for El Diario and other media in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua. Two prosecutors in charge of investigating the case have reportedly been assassinated.
On May 26, 2011, the Inter American Press Association sent a letter to President Calderón, signed by hundreds of newspaper readers throughout the Americas, calling on him to intervene in order to ensure that the stalled investigation into José’s murder moves forward and that those responsible for his death are brought to justice.
Send appeals urging the Mexican government to take more action to bring José’s killer to justice to:
His Excellency Francisco J. Barrio Terrazas
Ambassador of Mexico to Canada
The Embassy of Mexico in Canada
45 O’Connor St., Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4
Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN
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