MEXICO- Stephania Cardoso, the newspaper reporter who disappeared on June 9 in the northern state of Coahuila, revealed in a short interview for Radio Fórmula on June 15 that she is alive and well and has her two-year-old son with her.
However, she refused to explain what has happened to her since she went missing or give her present location, and she said she would not get in direct contact with the rest of her family for the sake of their security.
“This is something of a miracle amid the continuing chaos to which Mexican journalists are exposed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope that Cardoso is found and placed in a safe location without delay. At the least sign of danger, a news organization and its staff must be given the protection envisaged under the new legislation making attacks on freedom of information a federal crime.”
Article 19’s Mexico director, Darío Ramírez, told Reporters Without Borders that Cardoso has been in touch with her newspaper, the Saltillo-based Zócalo, and that, as she had requested on the air, the newspaper is putting her in touch with the office of the federal attorney general and the interior ministry.
The Cardoso family told Reporters Without Borders they were delighted to learn that she was all right but confirmed they had not talked to her since June 8. They added that they hoped she would quickly receive the requested federal protection.
information provided by Reporters without Borders