Mexico

2010

Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico

At PEN, CPJ event, Mexico press crisis examined

The line of people at the stairs leading down to the Great Hall at Cooper Union in lower Manhattan formed early and turned into an audience of 500. They came to hear prominent Mexican and U.S. writers and free expression advocates assess, denounce, and seek solutions to the wave of violence wracking Mexican media.

October 21, 2010 12:50 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico

PEN, CPJ call attention to Mexico press crisis

"Tell them not to kill me!" pleads a man in the opening lines of a fascinating tale of violence with the same title by one of Mexico's most esteemed writers, Juan Rulfo. It is, sadly, the same cry for help that Mexican journalists are sending out to the world today. On Tuesday, October 19, prominent writers and journalists from Mexico and the United States will gather in New York for "State of Emergency: Censorship by Bullet in Mexico," an evening of readings and discussions about the threats facing members of the Mexican press who report on drug-related violence.

October 14, 2010 3:30 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

Mission Journal: Calderón sees a national threat

Journalists protest anti-press violence in Tijuana. (AP/Guillermo Arias)

Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa had a message to deliver and it wasn't about press freedom. After hearing the concerns presented by a joint delegation from CPJ and the Miami-based Inter American Press Association last week, the president wanted us to know something: He didn't go looking for a fight against the drug cartels.

September 26, 2010 5:32 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

Doubt cast on confession in Rodríguez murder

The man who Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa said had confessed to taking part in the murder of reporter Armando Rodríguez Carreón was tortured, the newspaper El Diario in Ciudad Juárez reported today. On Wednesday, Calderón told a delegation from CPJ and the Inter American Press Association about the man's alleged involvement in the killing. Mexico's attorney general, Arturo Chávez Chávez, cast the confession as a breakthrough in the case. 

September 24, 2010 5:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Calderón to support federalization of anti-press crimes

Calderón, seen here at recent Independence Day celebrations, says he is "pained" by anti-press violence in Mexico. (AP/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Mexico City, September 22, 2010--Calling the right to free expression a priority of his government, Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa pledged today to push for legislation that would make attacks on journalists a federal crime. In a lengthy meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Inter American Press Association, the president also said federal authorities will soon implement a program to provide security to at-risk journalists, one modeled after a successful effort in Colombia.

September 22, 2010 5:59 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

CPJ to meet with Calderón in Mexico City on press crisis

A protest on behalf of slain and missing journalists in Mexico City in August. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

CPJ's meeting in Mexico on Wednesday with President Felipe Calderón cannot be more timely. A joint delegation with the Inter American Press Association will discuss Mexico's fast-deteriorating press freedom climate.

September 21, 2010 12:56 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

Paper will curb coverage to protect reporters' lives in Juárez

Santiago's funeral. (Reuters)
The major daily in the war-wracked Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez, El Diario, surprised media around the globe on Saturday when it published an unusual editorial that openly compromises the paper's coverage in order to preserve its journalists' lives.

Under the headline, "What do you want from us?," the editorial pleads for the cartels to stop killing journalists, and asks them to clarify what journalists are allowed to publish in order to avoid adding to the long list of reporters killed in Mexico in the last decade. In a bold move, the paper addresses the cartels directly, and even recognizes their power in Ciudad Juárez. "You are the de facto authorities in this city, since our legitimate representatives have been unable to prevent our colleagues from being killed," the editorial reads in Spanish.
September 20, 2010 5:22 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Two Mexican photographers shot in Juárez; one killed

Relatives of slain photojournalist Luis Carlos Santiago at the scene of the crime.(AP/Raymundo Ruiz)
New York, September 16, 2010--Two photographers were shot by unidentified gunmen in a brazen attack this afternoon in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, the local press reported. One photographer died, and the other was injured.
September 16, 2010 6:28 PM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press

Crime, Violence, and Corruption
Are Destroying the Country's Journalism



The drug traffickers, violent criminals, and corrupt officials who threaten Mexico’s future have killed, terrorized, and co-opted journalists, knowing that controlling the flow of information will further their needs. They have been increasingly successful, and the results have been devastating. A CPJ special report by Carlos Lauría and Mike O'Connor

September 8, 2010 12:20 AM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press

Preface by Joel Simon

Plomo o plata. Lead or silver. It’s a well-worn phrase in Mexico, one that’s all too familiar to the country’s journalists. It means, simply, we own you. Take our plata (slang for money) and publish what we tell you. Or we kill you.


September 8, 2010 12:18 AM ET

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