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Mexican journalist Juan Arjón López found dead; investigation to be conducted in relation to his work

"After being reported missing, authorities in Sonora [Mexico] confirmed the discovery of the lifeless journalist Juan Arjón López [on Aug. 16]. [...] 'Since we had knowledge through social media we began to organize searches in all places. Now that the discovery has been made, we continue to work on the investigation to clarify the case […]

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Mexico: 4 media workers killed in attacks in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

"Four media workers of the MegaRadio station in Chihuahua were killed during a day of attacks in Ciudad Juarez this Thurs. Aug. 11. According to a report by Diario de Juárez, they victims were: radio host Allan González; Lino Flores, marketing; Operations Manager Armando Guerrero, and bodyguard Alex Arriaga. They were streaming live from the […]

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Mexico: Journalist Jesús Lemus Barajas denounces government threats after book publication

"On Aug. 6, Mexican journalist and writer, Jesús Lemus Barajas, revealed that he is being persecuted by the Mexican Prosecutor's Office following the publication of his recently released book "El fiscal imperial: El eslabón más oscuro de la 4T" [The imperial prosecutor: The darkest link in the 4th transformation or 4T] (Harper Collins, 2022). In […]

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Mexico: Journalist Ernesto Méndez killed in Guanajuato

"The wave of violence against journalists in Mexico continues. On Tuesday night (Aug. 2), journalist Ernesto Méndez, director of the media outlet 'Tú Voz,' was killed during an attack on a bar in the Cerro Prieto neighborhood in San Luis de la Paz, in Guanajuato; this is the 13th homicide of a communicator so far […]

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Mexico: 40% of crimes against journalists are committed by state and municipal authorities

"Forty percent of the aggressions, threats and even homicides committed against journalists in Mexico come from state and municipal authorities, acknowledged Enrique Irazoque Palazuelos, head of the Unit for the Defense of Human Rights. During his visit to Sinaloa, where an agreement was signed with the state government to guarantee the defense mechanism for journalists […]

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The feminist and rebellious journalism of Mexican Lydia Cacho

"On her way through Barcelona to present her memoir 'Cartas de amor y rebeldía [letters of love and rebellion]', Lydia Cacho explains in an interview with EFE that women journalists of her generation were pioneers 'in a men's industry where women were not welcome.' 'We lived in a world under a male gaze,' the Mexican […]

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Mexico: Journalist Rubén Haro survives shooting attempt in Ciudad Obregón

"At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, unidentified attackers shot at Haro, founder and editor of the Facebook-based news outlet Las Noticias de la Red, in Ciudad Obregón, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, according to news reports, a statement by his outlet, and Haro, who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a phone interview. […]

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'Coronavirus has been devastating to press freedom,' according to PEN Club

According to an investigation by the writers' association PEN, the coronavirus pandemic in particular has had a 'devastating' impact on freedom of opinion and expression in several countries. Among those most affected are authors, journalists and artists who have criticized official measures against the coronavirus. [...] The PEN Club points out that in many countries online platforms […]

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What it's like working in Mexico, the deadliest country in the world for journalists

“Every time a reporter is killed, his or her death explodes in the hearts of the country’s other journalists — like an earthquake with expanding effect. It doesn’t matter whether they knew the victim or not. Each murder revives feelings of fear, terror, desperation, rage, and sadness that accumulate over time.  Every time a reporter is […]

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Organizations demand Mexican State take action in face of increase in violence against press in Tamaulipas

"During the last two weeks ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Propuesta Cívica and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) documented a series of attacks against journalists and media outlets in the state of Tamaulipas, highlighting a worrying increase in the violence experienced in the area. ... Three journalists, two reporters and a cameraman, whose […]