Four journalists in Durango were kidnapped this past Monday in the state of Durango. The National Commission on Human Rights (La Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos – CNDH) demanded that local authorities take the necessary measures to find them.
The victims include a reporter from Multimedios, two videographers from Televisa Gómez Palacio, and a reporter from the newspaper El Vespertino. The first three were taken in the afternoon while the fourth was taken late in the evening. There are unconfirmed reports that a fifth journalist was kidnapped hours later.
Local media is reporting that the journalists could be freed if other local media outlets presented videos in which agents of the Federal Police confessed to working for the drug cartel Los Zetas.
According to data from the CNDH, there have been 30 attacks against journalists this year and 351 since 2006. Since 2000 there have been 64 homicides relating to journalists.