Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho exonerated from paying damages to child prostitution victim

The Mexican Supreme Court granted journalist Lydia Cacho and her publisher Random House Mondadori an injunction against a judicial order commanding they compensate a victim of a pedophile ring, according to MVS Noticias.

Edith Lorena Encalada Zetina, who was a minor at the time of the abuse, sued the journalist for moral damages and demanded $630,000 in compensation, arguing that the publication of the book Los demonios del Edén (The demons of Eden) affected her right to privacy, reputation, honor and decorum, reported the newspaper La Jornada.

In January 2010, a Mexico City court ruled that the journalist unlawfully used photographs and testimony from one of the victims of a child prostitution ring run by businessman Jean Succar Kuri.

However, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Mexico's Supreme Court in the land determined that the information included in the book was in the public's interest and exonerated the journalist from paying damages of $50,000.

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.