Mexican journalist says gov’t officials are targeting her life

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  • December 6, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Anabel Hernández is pressing charges against Security Minister Genaro García Luna and one of his assistants, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, for an alleged plot to kill her, AFP and EFE report.

In an interview with the AFP, Hernández said she was warned that the two officials had told members of the Federal Investigations Agency to kill her and “make it look like an accident or a robbery that went wrong or a kidnapping attempt.”

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said they are working with federal prosecutors to protect the journalist, the AFP explains in another article.

Hernández repeated her accusations against the officials at a talk for her book The Drug Lords, a text that reveals alleged connections between drug gangs and the Mexican authorities. According to the journalist, over the last three years she has been threatened multiple times by García Luna and his accomplices, El Siglo de Durango adds.

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.