Assassins kill in Sinaloa with a 96% certainty that they will never be punished, said the publisher of the newspaper RíoDoce a month after the murder of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas in Culiacán.
Ismael Bojórquez Perea made the observation during a press conference on Tuesday where he announced the newspaper he cofounded with Valdez was organizing protest marches for today in Culiacán, Los Mochis and Mazatlán.
“The march is a protest against state security policies which, as in most states in the country, have failed,” he said.
The marches will be conducted in silence by citizens wearing white, from all sectors of society and especially those directly affected by violence, the publisher said. The march in Culiacán will depart from the cathedral at 6:00pm and conclude at state government headquarters.
The journalist charged that criminal gangs have acted with complete impunity for years, protected by police at all levels. State and municipal police officers work as lookouts or are gang members themselves, he said. In many cases, senior positions within the forces are filled with cartel appointments.
“It is in these conditions that we practice our profession . . . .”
But the profession entails a mortal risk. Being a journalist is like “walking in a minefield, and you don’t know when you’ll step on a grenade,” Bojórquez said, quoting his slain colleague.
The publisher had nothing good to say about the federal Attorney General’s announcement of a 1.5-million-peso (US $83,000) reward for any information related to the Valdez case and five others, describing it as an “archaic, poor and despicable” move.
“They have to use all the means in their power to gather all the information necessary to lead to the identification of the material and intellectual authors of the crimes . . . but I find it very unsatisfactory that an attorney general’s office, supposedly equipped with scientific resources, has to resort to such archaic methods like rewards, as in the old west.”
Meanwhile, the passage of time is of no help to the investigation. “The longer it takes . . . I see fewer possibilities of solving the crime,” he said.
So far, there have been no results, Bojórquez said. “We’ve been in constant communication with the Attorneys General’s offices . . . and they say there is progress . . . but they have showed us absolutely nothing.”
RíoDoce was founded by Bojórquez, Valdez and other journalists in 2003 as a newspaper that would cover organized crime and the drug war.