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Topic “Mexico”

Seven years after Mexican reporter disappeared, family members, journalists ask for investigation to be reopened

After seven years of not knowing the whereabouts of Mexican journalist Alfredo Jiménez Mota, of the newspaper El Imparcial, his family and the editors of the newspaper have asked the Mexican authorities to reopen his case for investigation, reported the Freedom of Expression Program of the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics. Read more »

Mexican court acquits five journalists sued for moral damages by former judge

The Mexican Supreme Court acquitted five journalists accused of defaming a judge after reporting about construction irregularities at the new headquarters of the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice, reported the magazine Zócalo. Read more »

Mexican magazine fined for publishing electoral advertising

One week after a car bomb exploded in front of the Mexican newspaper Expreso's offices -- and authorities have yet to identify anyone responsible for the attack -- another publication from the same publishing company also has come under attack, this time from the local Electoral Board, which has fined the magazine Conexión Total about $12,500, reported the newspaper Hoy Tamaulipas on Thursday, March 29. Both Expreso and Conexión Total are located in the state of Tamaulipas. The fine was levied against the publication for running advertisements for a federal congressional candidate before the start of the official campaign period established by the Federal Electoral Institute, and for placing billboards in the streets depicting a cover of the magazine with a photo of the candidate. Read more »

Grenade explodes in front of TV station in northern Mexico

A grenade exploded in front of the headquarters of a Mexican television station the night of Sunday, March 25, in the border city of Matamoros, causing material damages but no injuries, reported the newspaper El Universal. Read more »

Opinion: In addition to federalizing crimes against the Mexican press, prosecutors need willpower

Guest post by Ricardo Raphael, political analyst, and columnist for the Mexican newspaper El Universal

Criminals are not the ones responsible for damaging freedom of expression. According to the British organization Article 19, the majority of assaults against journalists are carried out by public officials. Police, soldiers, security bureaucrats, and politicians of low, middle, and high ranks are the ones responsible for making Mexico dangerous for journalists. More than 170 assaults were registered in the last year: killings, kidnappings, and threats. Year after year there are more threats of freedom of expression. When a journalist's pen or voice is vanquished, he or she is not the only one that suffers the consequence, but the entire society suffers as it ceases to know, to be informed, and loses consciousness of what happens in its surroundings. Read more »


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