Journalist murdered in Sinaloa; add nine in the year

This Thursday, the journalist and political analyst, Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos, was found dead in the south of Culiacán, Sinaloa: the ninth communicator assassinated in less than five months.

Luis Enrique Ramírez, 59, and owner of the news portal Fuentes Fidedignas and columnist for the newspaper El Debate, was found dead on a road on the Culiacán-Mazatlán international highway, just one day after his disappearance was reported, confirmed the Sinaloa Prosecutor’s Office.

At a press conference, the Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa, Sara Bruna Quiñones Estrada, explained that the journalist suffered a head injury due to contusive blows. She mentioned that no line of investigation is ruled out, giving priority to the profession he practiced.

Ramírez Ramos became the ninth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year, along with Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martínez, in Tijuana, Baja California; Heber López Cruz, in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; Juan Carlos Muñiz, in Fresnillo, Zacatecas; Jorge Camero Zazueta, in Empalme, Sonora; Roberto Toledo, in Zitácuaro, Michoacán; José Luis Gamboa, in Veracruz, Veracruz; Armando Linares, in Zitácuaro, Michoacán.

The newspaper El Debate stated that since 2011, Ramírez Ramos had been in the Article 19 protection program for journalists because he considered that his integrity was in danger. The columnist himself acknowledged that, after analyzing other cases of violence against communicators in Sinaloa, his life was in danger, so he had to leave Culiacán.

They condemn the murder

The murder of Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos provoked the condemnation and indignation of various social organizations and members of the union. Article 19, said he regretted and condemned the events, for which he demanded that the Sinaloa Prosecutor’s Office “guarantee a prompt, partial and diligent investigation in order to clarify what happened through the application of the approved protocol to investigate crimes committed against freedom. expression”.

In the same vein, Reporters Without Borders condemned the murder and “we ask the FGE of Sinaloa and Feadle for an immediate investigation that incorporates his journalistic work as well as the protection of his family,” he wrote on social networks.

Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic, indicated that the federal government will work in coordination with the state and municipal governments to clarify the case. “We will reinforce security measures for journalists. There will be no impunity.”

For its part, the Alianza de Medios Mx highlighted that the combination of judicial harassment with murders of communicators results in a rarefied climate for practicing journalism rarely seen in Mexico.

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