Reunited in Medellín, the members of the Inter-American Press Association (SIP) yesterday expressed its strongest condemnation of the crime of journalists Javier Ortega, Paul Rivas and the driver Efraín Segarra, workers of the newspaper El Comercio de Ecuador , at the hands of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ( FARC ). “We repudiate before the public opinion the cowardly murder of our three Ecuadorian colleagues kidnapped at the hands of narco-terrorist criminals,” said Gustavo Mohme Seminario, president of the SIP, when reading a public statement. YOU CAN SEE Ecuadoran journalist dedicates heartfelt letter to his murdered colleagues The Ecuadorians Javier Ortega, Paul Rivas and Efraín Segarra had been kidnapped on March 26, in the province of Esmeraldas, on the border with Colombia. Seventeen days later and after the frustrated negotiations, on Thursday, April 12, the Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP) delivered to the Colombian vice-president, Óscar Naranjo, photographs with images of the bodies of the three journalistic workers. It was in this context that the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, decided to return from Lima to Quito, along with the relatives who had also arrived to ask for support in the VIII Summit of the Americas. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported receiving a request to mediate in the recovery of the bodies. Sanction to those responsible On behalf of the IAPA, the Colombian Association of Media (AMI), the Ecuadorian Association of Newspaper Publishers ( Aedep ) and representatives of the hemispheric press, Gustavo Mohme Seminario demanded a prompt response from the responsible authorities in order to find those responsible for this crime. “We ask the corresponding authorities not to make any concession to terror and, in front of it, all countries and institutions act with maximum speed and energy, with respect to human rights, to capture the criminals and subject them to the justice, “he said. The call was also made to the leaders who participated in the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima. “That the brutal murder of these three new martyrs of journalism does not go unpunished,” he insisted, at the time of strongly condemning the criminal act. “The fact that the murderers have asked for a truce to deliver the bodies of the victims reveals the extreme cowardice and ostentatious contempt for the lives of these individuals,” he said. Meeting with Santos This Sunday will be the closing of the half-year assembly of the Yep in Medellin and the presence of the Colombian president is expected, Juan Manuel Santos . In this meeting, the members of the Yep they will ask the Colombian leader “to look for those responsible and for justice to be done,” according to Gustavo Mohme Seminario. Meanwhile, journalists from Ecuador and Colombia announced the creation of a team to inform the reality of the common border. Concern for freedom of expression in Cuba and Venezuela The president of the SIP, Gustavo Mohme Seminary , also referred to in Medellin to the situation of freedom of expression in Cuba and Venezuela. “The rulers of the Americas continue to witness the total deterioration of freedom of expression and press in Cuba and Venezuela , whose regimes continue to violate the human rights of its citizens and disrespect the essential principles of the American Democratic Charter, “he said. With respect to the United States, Mohme Seminario also expressed its concern, “particularly because of the negative impact of the President’s continuous outbursts. Donald Trump ” In that line, he recalled that the IAPA requested a hearing to the IACHR to address the issue.
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