Journalism Pakistan
Latest:
World: Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan GershkovichJSchool: How AI is shaping the future of journalismDigital Connections: TikTok enhances revenue options for content creatorsOpportunities: LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwideFeatured: Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibilityFeatured: Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferencesWomen in Media: Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarksOpportunities: IWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwideNewsroom Pakistan: PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyDigital Connections: YouTube unveils new features to boost creator engagement and monetizationWomen in Media: Journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in China for subversionAsia: Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

Journalist survives a gun attack in Mexico

 JournalismPakistan.com
 March 23, 2019

Journalist survives a gun attack in Mexico

MEXICO CITY - Authorities must immediately investigate an attack on Mexican journalist Hiram Moreno and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Saturday.

Moreno, the editor of news website Evidencias, survived a shooting in Salina Cruz, a town in Oaxaca state, on March 20, according to news reports and an account that Moreno gave to reporters.

An unidentified man shot Moreno in the back and the arm as the journalist left a convenience store at about 4:00 p.m., according to a report on his website. The attacker fled on a motorcycle and Moreno managed to call for help. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries, according to the report.

Aarón Mastache, the head of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which operates under the auspices of the Federal Interior Secretariat, told CPJ on March 20 that the journalist has been enrolled in a federal protection program since 2013. He declined to provide further details on the nature of the measures, citing privacy and safety concerns.

"The attack on Hiram Moreno while he was under protective measures underscores the urgent need for the Mexican federal government to ramp up its efforts to protect journalists in extreme risk," said CPJ Mexico Representative Jan-Albert Hootsen. "Oaxaca state authorities must do everything in their power to bring the attacker to justice."

The journalist gave an account of his attack to a local broadcaster after leaving the hospital. "I went to buy water at an Oxxo store in the La Petrolera neighborhood. Suddenly, I saw a person on a motorcycle. He stepped down from the motorcycle and I saw that he lifted his shirt and grabbed a gun," Moreno said. "I immediately knew that it wasn't a robbery. He didn't say anything, he just started shooting."

As of March 22, CPJ had not been able to obtain contact information for Moreno.

Moreno is the founder and editor of Evidencias, which covers general news, crime, security, and politics in Tehuantepec Isthmus, a region in the southeastern limits of Oaxaca state. Moreno also reports for the site. In a March 5 story, he reported on allegations that members of the State Investigation Agency tortured three teenagers detained in a State Attorney General's Office building, one of whom later died.

CPJ made several calls to a spokesperson for the state attorney general's office on March 20 and 21, which went unanswered. The office released a statement on March 20 condemning the attack and saying that it had opened an investigation. Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat condemned the attack on Twitter that same day. Several calls from CPJ to the State Investigation Agency were not immediately answered.

Mexico is the deadliest country for journalists in the western hemisphere, according to CPJ research. Last year, a least four were murdered there in direct retaliation for their work. – A CPJ News Alert/Photo: AFP

PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyPTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversy

 June 15, 2024:  PTV Sports has terminated Rashid Latif's contract, sparking controversy and speculation. Despite a recent extension, Latif's depar...

Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justicePakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justice

 June 14, 2024:  Freedom Press Unlimited, in collaboration with the government and civil society activists, has launched the Pakistan Task Force on...

Imran Riaz released after court discharges fraud caseImran Riaz released after court discharges fraud case

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was released by Lahore police after a court discharged him from a fraud case. The court found insuffici...

Ameen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalistsAmeen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalists

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Ameen Rajput's tragic death underscores the severe economic hardships faced by unemployed journalists. His story highli...

Journalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab AssemblyJournalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab Assembly

 June 13, 2024:  Journalists stage a walkout during the Punjab Assembly's budget session in protest against a new defamation law, highlighting conc...

Journalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conferenceJournalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conference

 June 13, 2024:  At a post-budget press conference in Islamabad, journalist Sanaullah Khan's pointed question about budget allocation and accountab...

Finance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workersFinance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workers

 June 12, 2024:  Federal Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb announces the restoration of a health insurance scheme for journalists and media worke...

Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle

 June 12, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was arrested at Lahore Airport while leaving for Hajj and remanded in police custody for one day on fra...

Newsroom
Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

 June 18, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges Russian authorities to release U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich and drop all charges against him as his trial begins on June 26. Gershkovich has been detained for over 14 months on unfounded espionage charges.

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

 June 17, 2024 Discover how the Legal Network for Journalists at Risk (LNJAR) defends press freedom worldwide. LNJAR provides crucial legal support to journalists and media outlets facing threats and legal challenges, ensuring they can work without fear.

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

 June 17, 2024 Discover the key factors behind the declining credibility of Pakistani TV channels, from sensationalism and political bias to the influence of advertisers and ethical lapses. Learn what can be done to restore public trust and uphold journalistic integrity.

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

 June 16, 2024 Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing prosecution over her controversial remarks on Kashmir made in 2010. The legal action highlights ongoing tensions and freedom of speech issues in India.

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

 June 16, 2024 Discover the reasons behind the chaos and lack of decorum in today's press conferences. Explore how aggressive journalists and the erosion of professional ethics are turning these events into shouting matches.