Agenzia Fides REPORT- The Community of Scalabrinian Lay Movement (SLM) is mourning over the terrible violent death of a member: Maria Elizabeth Macías Castro, 39, known as Marisol, who worked for a newspaper in Tamaulipas, and was kidnapped and murdered.
The statement sent to Fides, signed by the Scalabrinian Fr. Francisco Pellizzari, spiritual Counselor in North America area, reports that "Marisol Castro, lay Scalabrinian of the Nuevo Laredo group" was kidnapped by a group of drug dealers considered 'bosses' of this border region on Wednesday, September 22. After two days of research and dramatic silence, her lifeless body was found in a street in the city of Nuevo Laredo, city where she was born and where she lived and worked as a editor and illustrator for a local periodical". The statement underlines that the news at an official level on the event is very scarce, what is known is that on her body was written: "This happens to the media which is against us."
"We ask a prayer for our friend and member of the Central Committee of the Lay Scalabrinian Movement who worked with great affection and loyalty at the Casa del Migrante in Nuevo Laredo and maintained daily contact with many of us in the Movement". Marisol was "a woman of great faith and commitment to justice", testifies Father Rui Pedro.
The atrocious murder may be the third committed by a drug cartel among residents in Nuevo Laredo, killed because of what they had published on the Internet. Mexico is considered by the United Nations as the most dangerous country in America with regards to the media operators. Until this murder, a dozen giornalists have been killed this year, according to Reporters Without Borders. Among them are two journalists who were murdered in a park in Mexico City in early September (see Fides 17/9/2011). Often the complaints of violence carried out by drug gangs in these border areas appear on the Internet, because covered by a certain degree of anonymity, while the local media are too often intimidated. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 26/09/2011)