The same day that Ciro Gómez Leyva suffered the crime of attempted homicide when he was traveling in his private vehicle south of Mexico City, in the municipality of Palenque, Chiapasthe same attempt was perpetrated against the journalist Flavio Kings of Godwho covers the red note in his municipality and directs the medium known on social networks as News The Steed of Palenque.
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On the morning of December 15, 2022, through his Instagram account, the journalist notified his followers and friends that suffered an accident aboard his motorcycle which apparently was caused by a van who followed his displacement closely. He also released a couple of images of the wound he suffered on one of his legs after being rammed.
According to the organization Article 19, which publicized the case of Reyes, the vehicle with a red flap, a white cabin, and tinted windows followed him on the route from his house to his workplace. After a few minutes, hit his motorcycle and caused the journalist to leave the roadHowever, the arrival of a group of people at the place prevented those responsible from continuing with the attack.
“Flavio hit a mound of dirt and the motorcycle fell on top of it, five minutes passed and the truck didn’t leave. The journalist commented that they were waiting to pass over him with the car, but they left when a group of people arrived to see how the accident was, ”the statement from the institution reads.
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After leaving his television show, the host mentioned that he was shot less than 300 meters from his home.
According to testimony, Reyes de Dios had noticed the presence of the vehicle that hit him two days before the attack on the Palenque-La Libertad highway. In this sense, they confirmed that the director of the media News The Steed of Palenque will go to file a complaint about the facts so that “the aggression is diligently and objectively investigated and to leave a record of what happened.”
After reporting the event, Article 19 demanded to the authorities, through the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists of the Ministry of the Interior, which provide protection to kings promptly and expeditiously to safeguard their personal integrity in the face of persistent harassment against them. Similarly:
“The Chiapas State Attorney General’s Office is urged to carry out an expeditious, effective and impartial investigation in which it exhausts exhaustively the lines that link the crimes perpetrated with Flavio’s journalistic exercise,” they concluded.
The day AMLO said that listening to Ciro Gómez Leyva a lot is “harmful to health”
In the same way, the Mexican president affirmed that listening to this type of journalist even “can give one a tumor in the brain.”
So far, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) of Chiapas has not disclosed any position or communication about the attack perpetrated against Flavio Reyes de Dios. Similarly, it has not been disclosed if the journalist went to file the complaint.
“A car was coming in front of me very slowly. At that moment I heard two dry shots. I turned around and saw a person shooting at me from a motorcycle,” Ciro Gómez Leyva narrated the attack he suffered last night: https://t.co/ VAAecWXJGE
— Ciro Gomez Leyva (@CiroGomezL) December 16, 2022
There are no versions of the motive for the crime. However, Article 19 indicated that he may be linked with the occupation of Kings of God as a reporter for Red note. According to the organization’s reports, since 2017, the source covered by the journalist is the second most risky in Mexico since there have been documented 76 cases of violence against journalists.
Hours after the attack, the journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva denounced, through his social networks, having been victim of a firearm attack when he was near his house. In his testimony, he clarified that the passenger of a motorcycle shot at his truck with the intention of killing him, but the vehicle’s armor prevented them from achieving his objective.