Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho named "Press Freedom Hero"

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  • April 29, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The International Press Institute (IPI) named Lydia Cacho as an IPI “World Press Freedom Hero," to recognize her contributions to press freedom and investigative journalism in the defense of human rights.

Cacho gained international fame for her reporting on domestic violence, child prostitution, organized crime and political corruption. Her reporting on a pedophile network in Cancún transformed her into a target of aggressions and death threats.

"Through her work as a journalist and an author, Lydia Cacho has shown the importance of fair and accurate journalism in empowering people to demand their rights,” IPI Deputy Director Alison Bethel. “Not only has Cacho brought about change in her own country, but her struggle and achievements make her a role model for generations to come.”

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.