Mexico: Editor and publisher Misael Tamayo Hernández found dead following threat

The Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN is appalled by the murder of the journalist Misael Tamayo Hernández, editor and publisher of the newspaper Despertar de la Costa. It urges the Mexican authorities to undertake an exhaustive investigation of the matter and bring those responsible to justice.

Misael Tamayo Hernández reportedly left his office at 9 am on Thursday 9 November 2006 for a meeting with the manager of a bus company who is also a former commander of the local police. An hour and a half later he called to give instruction to a reporter regarding an article on water quality. That was his last contact.

At 3 am of the following Friday his family reported that he was missing to the police.

A few hours later Tamayo’s body was found in a tourist motel in the Pacific coastal resort of Zihuatenejo, Guerrero state.

Tamayo’s family reports that he was critical of local government corruption and criminal activities. They also say that Tamayo received a threatening telephone call two months before his death.

Three days before Tamayo’s murder, Despertar de la Costa had reported on the explosion of two grenades in an Ixtapa Zihuatanejo neighbourhood. On 9 November, the day of his disappearance, Tamayo wrote an editorial on corruption within the Zihuatanejo water authority.

Tamayo’s death brings up the number of printers, broadcasters and journalists killed in Mexico to five. For more information please refer to the Inter-American Press Association site:

Please send appeals to the Mexican authorities:


  • Demanding an exhaustive investigation to establish the motives behind Misael Tamayo Hernández’s killing;

  • Calling upon them to bring those responsible to justice;

  • Pointing out that it is only through full, prompt and impartial investigations of such killings, leading to the prosecution of those found guilty, that the Mexican authorities can demonstrate that they do not condone the murder of their critics.

Appeals to:

Lic. Vicente Fox Quesada
Presidente de los Estados Unidos de México
Residencia Oficial de “Los Pinos”

Col. San Miguel Chapultepec


Fax: + 52 5 55 2 77 23 76

Lic. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca
Procurador General de la República

Procuraduría General de la República
Reforma Cuauhtémoc esq. Violeta 75

Col. Guerrero, Delegación Cuauhtémoc
México D.F.

C.P. 06 500, MEXICO
Fax: + 52 55 5346 0908


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