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In effect, the legislation makes federal authorities responsible for investigating and prosecuting attacks on the press, instead of state and local authorities who have been prone to corruption and inefficacy.
ARTICLE 19 condemns the attacks against the journalists, which violates their right to freedom of expression and to seek and disseminate information of public interest.
The journalist Raúl Régulo Garza Quirino, who was shot dead on 6 January, is believed to have been a victim of mistaken identity, according to the first results of the investigation into the killing.
Raúl Régulo Garza Quirino, a reporter with "La Última Palabra", was reportedly followed by armed men traveling in another vehicle.
Luis Peraza Ibarra had recently reported on construction project that could raise the value of the local mayor's property.
Juan José Hernández was detained after Radio Diversidad began broadcasting without a license; the station had applied for permission several times but the authorities did not respond to the request.
According to ARTICLE 19, there have been virtually no attempts to stop the threats or protect the journalists.
The Senate approved the repeal of Articles 1 and 31 of the Press Offenses Law, ending punishment by imprisonment for defamation, libel and slander.
Ríodoce, one of the few publications to cover crime and drug trafficking in Mexico, was dropped by its host server after it was the target of a large DDOS attack.
Edgar Monroy and Olga Wornat have received threats that are linked to an investigation they have been conducting into Felipe Calderón's performance as president of Mexico.
Osvaldo García Íñiguez, a regional circulation manager for "El Financiero", along with his driver, José de Jesús Ortiz Parra, disappeared after reportedly being followed by police cars.
This is the second time that "El Siglo de Torreón" has been targeted since 2009.
Members of an organised crime group apparently carried out the murder, accusing the victim of publicising information about criminal activities.
According to "El Buen Tono" newspaper employees, the assailants entered the daily's building, poured gasoline throughout several areas and then set them on fire.
The break in appears to have been orchestrated to intimidate Betsy Hidalgo Rosales who had recently tweeted some critical articles.
Two suspects arrested for the killing of Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros and Rocío González Trápaga reportedly confessed they attacked the women as part of a robbery scheme.
The body of María Elizabeth Macías Castro was found along with a note saying, "I am here because of my reports . . . this happened to me because of my actions."
Reporter Gabriel Manuel Fonseca Hernández, who covers the police beat for "El Mañanero" newspaper, went missing on 18 September.
The two young people, whose identities have not been disclosed, were killed in apparent reprisal for their comments on drug trafficking.
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Marcela Yarce Viveros and Rocío González Trápaga were found dead in a park after they were reported missing the previous night.