Mexican news magazine Emeequis announces closure after 10 years

After ten years of producing investigative journalism recognized around the world, Mexican magazine Emeequis announced it will cease publication.

“We close this cycle with great pride and ample satisfaction. We became, with much effort and talent, Mexico’s most recognized magazine,” the organization said on Facebook on the morning of Feb. 25.  “We became, to some extent, an example of independent journalism of high quality in Mexico and Latin America. We are very proud of that. We showed that it is possible to make another kind of journalism.”

Journalist Ignacio Rodríguez Reyna founded the magazine in February 2006; the publication recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Throughout the magazine’s lifetime, it received more than 40 national and international awards, according to the statement posted on Facebook. Reporters and photographers from the publication have been recognized by the King of Spain International Journalism Prize, the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize, and more.

The announcement of the closure was also published in the magazine’s final issue dated Feb. 21. The cover is completely white, save for two white pills in the middle of the page, the words “10 years” in the top left corner and a parting note in the bottom right: “Ciao, babies.”

In an editorial, Rodríguez wrote: “This was the main task from the start: to empower people to intervene, with new perspectives, with other angles, in debate on the public agenda.”

He added: “It saddens us greatly to close this cycle. It hurts us. Today we have put an end to a project in which we leave part of ourselves, some of our best years and the desire to be happy. Other doors will open.” Rodríguez said. “Thanks for everything. Thanks for being here until the end. None of us will ever forget this fantastic experience. It has been a great pleasure. A huge journey.”

No reason was given for the magazine’s closure.

As news spread on the morning of Feb. 25, readers and fans took to Twitter and Facebook to express condolences.

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.