Mexican reporter threatened while interviewing rural community leader

Mexican reporter filed a complaint for threats made against her by the former federal deputy candidate of the New Alliance Party, according to the news site Sin Embargo.

Reporter Cecilia Cota Carrasco, from the newspaper El Diario de Sinaloa, said that rural community leader Serapio Vargas threatened to hurt the journalist and her family during the interview, which was granted at the leader's request after the journalist reported that Vargas lead a rural protest in order to suspend a meeting on July 24, according to the Permanent Campaign to Protect Journalists, which is comprised of several journalistic and human rights organizations.

The reporter presented the an audio recording and transcript of the threat to the state prosecutor's office, according to the freedom of expression organization Article 19.

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.

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