On the 27th anniversary of the crime of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas, his family and colleagues paid tributes in different parts of the country to remember him, one of them in the General Madariaga cellar where his burned body was found on January 25, 1997. .
The first event took place at 11 at the monolith placed in his memory in front of the Pinamar bus terminal and was attended by José Luis’s sister, Gladys Cabezas.; the mayor of Pinama, Juan Ibarguren; municipal officials, journalists and relatives.
“27 years have passed. What can I say? We always ask for the same thing, that the perpetrators of the crime be imprisoned, but this time it is different. Uma’s case touched my heart. And that is why I want to ask Justice: to those who They didn’t do anything these 27 years, get to work,” said Gladys in reference to the 9-year-old girl, daughter of a guard of the Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, murdered last Monday by criminals in Lomas de Zamora.
Like every year, the ceremony concluded with the planting of a pine tree and the phrase “Don’t forget Cabezas. Cabezas, present!”.
At the same time, at the headquarters of the Association of Photojournalists of the Argentine Republic (Argra)in the country’s capital, the photojournalist was remembered in an event led by the president of the entity, Sebastián Vricella, and the general secretary of Fatpren, Carla Gaudensi.
Today we say “Let’s not forget Cabezas” also in self-defense. The same impunity that murdered him returns in another guise, but with the same violence and the same contempt for our lives.
— aRGra (@aRGra_) January 25, 2024
There were also the general secretary of the Buenos Aires Press Union (Sipreba), Agustin Lecchi, and colleagues from the internal commissions of Perfil and Télam along with photojournalists from national and alternative community media.
During the event, a document was read in which it was highlighted: “27 years after his murder, we meet again, mobilize and march throughout the country to demand justice, memory and truth, to defend our right to a decent life and work”.
“Let the powerful know that we are going to fight for our rights as we fight for the memory of José Luis, which is ours, because we take care of it, we defend it and we will continue to vindicate it in self-defense”the document warned.
At the same time, in the Plaza San Martín in the city of La Plataa commemorative activity was held called by the Buenos Aires Press Union (Siprebo).
During the ceremony, Cabezas’ career was remembered and justice was requested after a minute of silence was held in his memory and a wreath was placed at the monument to the reporter that is located on 6th and 51st streets, in front of the Buenos Aires Government House.
Also displayed next to the monument – which consists of a broken camera – was a flag with the inscription “Without justice there is no democracy. Don’t forget Cabezas.”
The Rosario Press Union (SPR) and the local headquarters of Argra held a meeting at noon in Pringles Plaza in the center of the city, where they highlighted that “the new form of concealment that must be fought against is misinformation.”
“We are witnessing a complex framework where media concentration, which escalated when José Luis Cabezas worked as a photojournalist, has deepened significantly and has allowed not only to reach specific audiences with tailored messages, but also to manipulate and silence dissident voices”the organizations expressed in a document read during the event.
While photojournalists from Entre Ríos demonstrated at the bust of Mariano Morenoin front of the Government House located in Paraná.
“He was murdered with impunity, to demonstrate impunity and to ensure impunity. Today we say ‘Let’s not forget Cabezas’ also in self-defense,” since “the same impunity that murdered him returns in another guise, but with the same violence and the same contempt,” they expressed in a statement.
The Association of Journalists of the Uruguay Department (APDU) He added in another writing that the murder was the “most atrocious act committed against freedom of expression and the press, in the midst of democracy,” and he demanded “to keep his memory alive so that it never happens again.”
In the province of Mendozaa group of photojournalists carried out a “camarazo” in the vicinity of the monument to General José de San Martín, located in the heart of the square in downtown Mendoza, with their cameras raised and carrying posters with the photographer’s face and the phrase “don’t forget Cabezas.”
In the afternoon, family and friends of Cabezas honored him with an event in the General Madariaga cellar, located at kilometer 385 of provincial route 11, where he was found murdered 27 years ago..
Gladys Cabezas had told Télam that, in both tributes and like every year, “colleagues, friends and family would be there.”.
“About 27 years ago we were going to plant a tree,” in his memory, said the photojournalist’s sister, who once again remembered him as “a good guy” who “could do everything well.”
“We already know the differences between good and bad, when you are good, you can do everything well and he did everything well, he didn’t deserve to be dead, but well, it happened,” he added.
“We have to remember this and I think it is the right time to ask Justice to please start working,” urged Gladys, who asked that “express” sentences be put to an end, since if the sentences were served, “Umma would not be dead today.” Finally, Gladys asked that “there be no more José Luis Cabezas.”
A crime that changed history
Cabezas was found murdered on January 25, 1997 and the first murder trial was held in January 2000 in the Dolores Courts and ended with the life imprisonment sentences of the police officer Gustavo Prellezofrom the businessman’s custodian Alfredo Yabran, Gustavo Rios; of the police Aníbal Luna y Sergio Camaratta and the band members “The Horneros” Horacio Anselmo Braga, Sergio Gustavo González, Miguel Retana y José Luis Auge.
But in September 2003, the Buenos Aires Court of Cassation reduced the sentences imposed based on the so-called “2×1” law then in force, which doubled the time in prison that the accused had spent prior to being sentenced.
It was so The “Horneros”, with the exception of Retana who died in prison, benefited from prison relief.
In 2007, Braga and Auge violated the conditions of house arrest and by order of the Justice they were detained again, although some time later they were released again.
At the same time, in a second trial in the case, held in 2002, it was Pinamar commissioner Alberto “La Liebre” Gómez sentenced to life imprisonment to free the area so that the crime of the photojournalist can be carried out.
“Taking a photo of me is like shooting me in the forehead. Not even the intelligence services have a photo of me,” was the phrase attributed to Yabrán at the time.
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