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  HOME | Mexico

Indian Broadcaster Shot in Southern Mexico

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – An Amuzgo Indian woman who works as a broadcaster for Radio y Television de Guerrero (RTG) in the southern Mexican city of Ometepec was attacked by gunmen and wounded, state officials said.

Marcela de Jesus Natalia, who was shot as she left the RTG offices on Saturday, is in serious condition, Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia said.

Two gunmen shot the broadcaster and then fled in a white automobile with tinted windows, eyewitnesses said.

The 54-year-old Natalia, who was shot in the head, was initially taken to the General Hospital in Ometepec and later flown to the Pacific port city of Acapulco.

Doctors decided not to operate “since the bullet did not affect any of the vital parts of the brain and she is expected to recover,” Alvarez Heredia said.

“However, she is listed in serious condition,” the state security official said.

The Guerrero Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shooting and has notified other agencies involved in protecting journalists.

Police officers have been assigned to guard Natalia and her family, Alvarez Heredia said.

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said in a statement that it asked Guerrero’s government to protect the broadcaster and her relatives, and it called for a thorough investigation of the shooting.

A total of 14 journalists have been murdered in Guerrero, the CNDH said.

The worst states for journalists are Veracruz and Oaxaca, where 20 and 15 journalists, respectively, have been murdered, the CNDH said.

Tamaulipas and Chihuahua have also registered 14 killings of members of the media each, the human rights body said.

The hit on Natalia took place in the wake of meetings held by Guerrero’s government in Acapulco and Chilpancingo to unveil new protocols for protecting journalists.

Natalia, a former head of the Integrated Family Development System (DIF) in her hometown of Xochistlahuaca, has been employed by RTG-Ometepec for 15 years, working on radio programs in the Amuzgo language.

 

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