IAPA demands action in Mexican murders

By: Editorial Staff

Mexico must do more about the numerous unsolved murders of journalists, Inter American Press Association (IAPA) leaders said in a June 2 meeting with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and other government officials.
The IAPA delegation also questioned Zedillo and attorney general Jorge Madrazo Cu?llar about the investigation into the murder last December of Philip True, Mexico City bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News.
True’s case is riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies. Separate autopsies by state and federal authorities reached significantly different conclusions about how he died. Two Huichol Indians arrested in the murder have given different versions of what happened when they encountered True in the mountains.
Zedillo assured the IAPA delegation that federal authorities were doing all they could in the True case, Express-News editor and IAPA board member Robert Rivard said after the meeting.
The delegation also urged Mexico to create a special unit to investigate the murders of journalists in Mexico.

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