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Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 3:37pm
El Paso — Miguel Angel Lopez Solana, a 31-year-old, photojournalist from the Mexican state of Veracruz, has been granted political asylum in the United States. According to local attorney, Carlos Spector, Solana fled Veracruz in May of 2012 after his father, Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, a prominent columnist in Veracruz along with his wife and son were gunned down and killed in their home. Spector said the murder of Mr. Lopez’s father marked the beginning of an alarming series of murders of eight journalists in Veracruz.
A press conference is scheduled for Friday where Solana will be joined by cameraman Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco, who was also granted political asylum in August of 2012.
Ricardo Chavez Aldana, a Juarez radio reporter with Radio Cañon, who is currently seeking asylum will also be present. He fled Juarez in 2009 after he was threatened and his two nephews killed for his on-air criticism of the cartels, police corruption and the state. Chavez is scheduled for his asylum hearing before an Immigration Judge on November 20.