The body of Guevara Guevara Domínguez, the editor of the weekly Siglo 21’s online version, was found at the bottom of a ravine in the northwestern state of Durango on 6 January. Forensic investigators say he died in an accident. Guevara was last seen alive on 8 October, a day after he set off on his motorcycle to cover a bikers convention in the neighbouring state of Chihuahua.
25.10.06 - Website editor becomes second journalist to go missing in northern Mexico since start of the year
Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the disappearance since 8 October of Guevara Guevara Domínguez, the editor of the US-based weekly Siglo 21’s online version (www.siglo21web.com). He went missing in northern Mexico exactly three months after Rafael Ortiz Martínez of the local daily Zócalo disappeared on 8 July in Monclova, in the northern state of Coahuila.
“With two journalists missing and three others killed since the start of this year, the toll of press freedom violations is becoming more and more alarming,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Let us not forget that two other journalists who disappeared in the past three years - Jesús Mejía Lechuga in 2003 and Alfredo Jiménez Mota in 2005 - were never found and none of the murders of journalists since 2000 has so far been solved.”
The press freedom organisation added: “We call on the new prosecutor’s office that specialises in attacks on the press to take over this new case even if no link between Guevara’s disappearance and his work as a journalist has yet been clearly established.”
Although Guevara, 54, edits the online version of a newspaper based in the Californian city of Oxnard that targets the Hispanic community in the United States, he lives in Guadalajara, in the western state of Jalisco. He set off from there by motorcycle on 7 October heading for Creel, in the northern state of Chihuahua, where he was to cover an international meeting of motorcyclists on 10 October.
He was last heard of on the morning of 8 October, when he phoned his girlfriend. His son, Miguel Guevara Valdez, told Reporters Without Borders his father called as he was about to leave the state of Durango and enter the state of Chihuahua. He said his father told him he was currently with a group of bikers, but was about to leave them in order to go his own way.
Later that day, Siglo 21 called his family to say it had not received any of the reports he was supposed to send during his trip. An unidentified person called the family on 18 October to say he had been seen 30 km from the border between the states of Durango and Chihuahua.
His family said he had not received any threats and did not cover subjects likely to expose him to any danger. A motor vehicle sports enthusiast, he was driving a Yamaha 750 cc motorcycle with the licence plate H757N.