News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Organisation RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out more The body of the noted Mexican journalist Víctor Báez Chino was found on 14 June in the centre of Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state, the day after he was kidnapped outside his office. Baez, who was well known locally and nationally, covered the crime beat for El Portal de Veracruz, a local edition of the weekly Milenio, and ran the crime reporters’ network Reporteros Policíacos. Veracruz state, listed by Reporters Without Borders among the most dangerous places in the world for those working in the media, had already seen three journalists killed in the preceding two months.Nine have been killed — and another has gone missing — since the inauguration of the governor Javier Duarte in 2010. A dozen others have fled into exile. In the country as a whole, 85 journalists have been murdered and 15 have disappeared in a decade. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas to go further June 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Noted crime reporter Victor Baez kidnapped and murdered in Veracruz state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say “Apart from the demands we express to local and federal authorities to resolve this case, we ask members of the G20 meeting in Mexico on 18 and 19 June to take up the matter of the host country’s non-compliance with basic rights and freedoms over the past six years,” Reporters without Borders said“The federal government’s disastrous campaign against the drugs trade is one of the mains reasons for this. The subject should not be overlooked at the G20 talks in Los Cabos, or in the run-up to the federal elections on 1 July.”The account of Baez’s kidnapping given by the Veracruz state government was corroborated to Reporters Without Borders by the management of Milenio El Portal de Veracruz. The Public Security Secretariat was told of his abduction during the night of 13 June. As he left his office, he was seized by three armed men and forced into a grey van. Inquiries, carried out as part of the “Safe Veracruz” campaign, came to an abrupt end early on 14 June when the journalist’s body was found near the editorial offices of two newspapers, Oye Veracruz and Gráfico de Xalapa. The state public prosecutor disclosed that a message signed by the feared criminal syndicate Los Zetas had been found near the body, which said: “This is what happens to those who betray us and try to be clever.” Colleagues of the dead journalist said no prior threats had been received. The case, like earlier ones, is being investigated by the federal justice department and the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE). It is also a test for new legislation making attacks on journalists a federal crime.In addition, the Veracruz state government has announced that special measures to protect journalists will take effect on 20 June, one year to the day after the murder of the editor and columnist Miguel Ángel López Velasco and his wife and son. News Reports News MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more
lzf/iStock(NEW YORK) — A 20-year-old college student plunged 150 feet to her death after she slipped and fell off the edge of a cliff while hiking in an upstate New York park late Monday night.According to the Kingston Police Department, authorities were notified around 9:50 p.m. on Monday that a female had fallen while hiking in and around the caves in Hasbrouck Park, about 10 miles west of Poughkeepsie, New York.The victim was identified as Katherine Vollmer, a 20-year-old Visual Arts major, by State University of New York at New Paltz President Donald Christian in a statement distributed to students.Vollmer had allegedly been on an unsanctioned hike with a group of people who were exploring the old cement caves and trails around Hasbrouck Park when the group became lost in the darkness and found themselves on the edge of a cliff.The group then began walking down the edge of the cliff to return to their cars when Vollmer slipped and plummeted approximately 150 feet, according to police.“The area where the student fell was only accessible by an experienced rope team,” said the Kingston Police Department in a statement.In fact, the area that Vollmer fell was dangerous enough that authorities made the decision to call off the recovery off until the next day due to lack of light and poor weather conditions.Vollmer was found the next day and pronounced dead at the scene having suffered severe trauma from the fall.“We extend our deepest sympathy to Katherine’s family and friends and to the students, faculty and staff who knew her,” said Christian according to the statement obtained by The Daily Freeman.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.