By: E&P Staff
Mexican authorities arrested two men in connection with last week?s murder in Acapulco of Televisa broadcast journalist Amado Ram?rez Dillanes, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported Thursday.
Leonel Bustos Mu?oz and Genaro V?squez Dur?n were arrested Tuesday in Acapulco by federal police conducting a routine highway patrol. Police said they noticed V?squez’s resemblance to a sketch of Ram?rez’s murderer, and found a .38-caliber gun similar to the one used in the murder.
Witnesses later identified V?squez as the suspected murderer, according to an official statement quoted by CPJ.
Local newspapers report that authorities are looking into whether the motive was related to Ram?rez?s work, CPJ.
Ram?rez was shot at about 7 p.m. April 6 as he left an Acapulco radio station where he had just finished his daily news show, ?Al Tanto.? Ram?rez also reported general news for the television station Televisa, and in March had aired a special investigation linking the murder of Acapulco police officers, linking the crime to local drug traffickers, his colleague told CPJ.
Misael Habana de los Santos, Ram?rez’s co-host at Radiorama, wrote in the national daily La Jornada that Ram?rez had received several death threats on his cell phone prior to the murder, CPJ said. The journalist ignored the threats and never reported them to police, Habana said.
Quoting unnamed sources, CPJ said Habana also received death threats hours after Ram?rez?s murder. He fled Acapulco Wednesday to an unknown location.
“We welcome Mexican authorities’ action in the investigation of our colleague’s murder,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement. “However, it is crucial to conduct an exhaustive inquiry, find all those responsible, including the masterminds, and bring them to justice.”