Journalist who fled Mexico after threats receives fellowship to study at Canadian college

By Ian Tennant

Luis Horacio Nájera has received a fellowship to study at a prestigious graduate school in Canada, the country that granted the Mexican journalist asylum more than two years ago, IFEX reports.

"It is a privilege and a great commitment to be part of this select group, which will provide me with another forum to keep working for free expression on behalf of Latin American journalists," said Nájera in a press release issued by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).

Nájera was awarded the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College, a scholastic institution for graduate students affiliated with the University of Toronto. The fellowship, which lasts an academic year, is available to journalists from South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico who are in the middle of their careers.

Nájera, who covered the dangerous Mexico-U.S. border region for the Reforma media group, and Emilio Gutiérrez Soto were recipients last year of CJFE’s International Press Freedom Award for their courageous reporting in the Chihuahua region.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.