Article 19, an international organization advocating for freedom of speech, announced on Saturday that two out of three journalists who were abducted in southern Mexico have been released without any physical harm.
The organization announced that Silvia Arce and Alberto Sánchez, who are in charge of the online platform RedSiete, were released in the early morning hours.
According to accounts gathered by Article 19, armed individuals entered the main Taxco offices of the outlet and abducted both journalists on Wednesday.
According to Pedro Cardenas, a member of the press group, the release was verified by individuals connected to the journalists. However, he chose not to disclose any additional information.
According to the organization, journalist Marco Toledo, who is the director of the weekly newspaper Espectador de Taxco, is still being held captive with his son. However, his wife has been released.
According to sources close to Toledo, Cardenas stated that the woman did not experience physical abuse.
The state of Guerrero’s attorney general’s office announced on Thursday that they are looking into the disappearance of five individuals, including journalists Toledo, Arce, and Sánchez, in the popular tourist destination of Taxco.
The attorney general’s office of Guerrero did not respond immediately to a request for comment regarding current developments.
According to Article 19, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, with five deaths recorded this year. 2019 had the highest number of journalist deaths since Article 19 began keeping track in 2000, with 13 fatalities.