Over at Borderland Beat Chivis Martinez reports that the drug cartels’ supression of Mexico’s press continues under the country’s new President. While the corruption [on both sides of the border] is beyond dispute, it’s also true that journalists are literally defenseless against the cartels’ reign of terror. The lesson for America is the same as it ever was: the Second Amendment protects the First.
“On December of 2012, the reporter and general director of the digital newspaper www.ojinaganoticias.com.mx felt optimistic about 2013. “Well people, I feel happy and cheerful because I think that this year comes strong in my goals that I’ve been wanting to achieve and with all the effort in the world, I have achieved them, thanks to all the people that read the digital newspaper”. Jaime Gonzales Dominguez officially launched the newest Ojinafa news website on February 18th. Two weeks later, on March 3rd, Jaime Gonzalez Dominguez, 38, became the first journalist killed during the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto . . .
“Jaime was executed around 6:30 pm at the intersection of Trasviña and Retes Street, downtown of Ojinaga, Chihuahua. According to witnesses the sicarios took the reporters camera with them when they left. Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman of the General Prosecutor of the State (FGE), reported investigators discovered at the scene 17 shell casings of caliber 5.77 x 28 known as ‘cop killers,’ for the ability to penetrate bullet proof vest protectors.
[Note: the gun that fired the bullets was an FN FiveseveN. The ammo which gave the gun it’s reputation for vest penetration is restricted to law enforcement sales.]
“Identifying the motive behind the execution is difficult. Especially since the reporting by Jaime was seemingly that of commerce and city events. However, one can reach a logical conclusion that perhaps Jaime was providing information to a party that his executioners wanted stopped. The fact that the sicarios absconded with the camera strongly supports such a theory.
“The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned the crime. ‘The Rapporteur expresses its concern and calls Mexican authorities to act with expediency to identify the motives behind the crime and use all the judicial instruments at its disposal to identify and sanction the material and intellectual authors,’ the Rapporteur said in a press release.
“The Knights Center states that Mexico continues to be among the most dangerous countries in the continent for journalists. According to a recent interactive map from the organization Article 19, Chihuahua has been one of the most violent states for journalists in the last twelve years
“The website founded by Jaime Gonzales Dominguez announced that this will most likely be the last issue.”