The Leads Not Investigated In The Miroslava Breach Murder
Over the past 10 years, at least 82 journalists have been killed in Mexico for exercising their profession. This gruesome death toll makes Mexico one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world. One victim of this violence was Miroslava Breach, an investigative journalist who had been reporting on “narco-politicians”, members of drug cartels who infiltrate the country’s political life to consolidate their control. On the 23rd of March 2017, Breach was shot dead in cold-blood outside her home. Since then, the investigation into her death has left loose ends. El Colectivo 23 de marzo, a group of journalists working in Mexico, in collaboration with international journalism organizations Forbidden Stories, Bellingcat, and the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP), joined forces to reveal what authorities have investigated and what not regarding this crime that must not be left unpunished.
By Colectivo 23 de Marzo and international allies
On March 23, 2017, at 6:49 in the morning in the city of Chihuahua, a journalist named Miroslava Breach Velducea was waiting inside her vehicle for her son, whom she was going to take to school. A man walked up to the car and shot her through the windshield and the window on the driver’s side. He fired eight shots, which hit her arms, face and neck. Then, the killer left down the same sidewalk on which he had arrived and escaped in a vehicle that was waiting for him a few blocks away.
Breach’s eldest daughter ran out of the house when she heard the shots and her brother’s screams. She found her mother leaning towards the passenger’s seat, motionless. She called an ambulance, but the police arrived first. Her mother was dead.
It quickly became clear that the murder victim was a veteran correspondent with national newspaper La Jornada, a respected …read more