After publishing the article — titled “It Was The Feds” — news portal Aristegui Noticias reported suffering distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which brought the site down for more than seven hours.
Press freedom group Article 19 immediately called on authorities to guarantee the free flow of information. Additionally, the group called on the Mexican government to act in defense of journalists, “especially when they are providing vital information to the public as is in the case of Laura Castellanos.”
Castellanos, the investigative reporter behind the article, has been the victim of intimidation, break-ins, and security threats over her decades-long career. In 2010, Article 19 included Castellanos in their journalist protection program.
Mexico’s human rights commission called on the government to conduct a thorough investigation to “get to the truth” of the Apatzingán incident.
“We want to let society know what happened that day,” human rights commission ombudsman Luis Raúl González Pérez said Tuesday.