Mexican investigative journalist receives courage award

Mexican journalist Ana Lilia Pérez was recognized with the Leipziger Medienpreis 2012 award for being a courageous investigative journalist, reported the newspaper Milenio.

Ana Lilia Pérez is author of the books “Camisas Azules Manos Negras (Blue Shirts Black Hands),” and “El Cártel Negro (The Black Sign),” exemplary journalistic work that reveals organized crime accomplices and schemes in Mexican politics.

Pérez writes investigative reports for the magazine Contralínea, and faces a lawsuit for publishing about alleged corruption in the public petroleum company Pemex.

According to the Media Foundation, the Leipzig Award recognizes bold and courageous feats of journalism and is given to those who are committed to protecting and increasing press freedom.

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.