Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Mexico's special prosecutor for crimes against journalists has been replaced; out goes Octavio Alberto Orellana, in comes Gustavo Salas. The Inter-American Press Society is happy, as it viewed Orellana as inactive. That complaint echos a view I heard when I was working on this article. I believe that despite ample opportunities (60 murdered journalists in Mexico since 2000 according to the CNDH; a fraction of that number but still quite a few according to the Committee to Protect Journalists), Orellana never prosecuted a case.