U.N. Condemns Murder of Mexican Journalists

Juan Francisco Rodríguez Ríos, a correspondent for the newspaper El Sol de Acapulco in the city of Coyuca de Benítez, Mexico, and his wife María Elvira Hernández Galeana, a freelance journalist, were killed in the western Mexican state of Guerrero on June 28. They were the fifth and sixth members of Mexico’s media killed so far in 2010. Irina Bokova, director general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, condemned the murders and urged Mexican authorities “to do everything in their power to find those responsible and bring them to justice.” Ríos and his wife were shot and killed while working in a cybercafe they owned. Ríos was also the local leader of the National Union of Press Editors. He had recently condemned the harassment of journalists in the region.

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