Attacks on the Press   |   Iraq, Mexico, Syria

Zone of Silence

The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered
By Robert Mahoney

Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog "Mukto-Mona," or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life.

Attacks on the Press   |   Cambodia, Laos, Mexico, Myanmar

Eluding the Censors

For all its faults, Facebook is a lifeline for journalists in less developed countries
By Karen Coates

Squeezed between China and Vietnam, Phongsali is the northernmost province of Laos, a land of mountains, valleys and isolated villages that is home to more than 15 ethnic groups. As recently as a few years ago, news traveled through Phongsali at a pace akin to regional traffic: slowly, on a bumpy route rife with potholes and disruptions.

Attacks on the Press   |   Mexico

Edited by Drug Lords

Mexican journalists navigate threats and censorship by cartels
By Elisabeth Malkin

Adrián López Ortiz, the general director of Grupo Noroeste, a media group that owns the newspaper Noroeste in the northwestern Mexican city of Culiacán, was driving home from the airport in April 2014 when an SUV intercepted him. Two armed men got out and grabbed him, and he feared that he was going to be kidnapped. But they had other plans. One of them drove off in his car and the other stayed behind, kicked López and then shot him in both legs.

Attacks on the Press   |   Ecuador, Mexico

Disrupting the Debate

Governments use copyright laws and Twitter bots to curb criticism on social media
By Alexandra Ellerbeck

On July 10, 2016, Ecuadoran journalist Bernardo Abad tweeted that the former vice-president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, had not paid income taxes for the year before. A week later, Abad received a message from Twitter saying his account had been blocked for violating its terms of service. Within 24 hours, at least five others' accounts were temporarily suspended after they tweeted about Moreno's taxes. By the end of the week, nine accounts had been temporarily suspended, according to the freedom of expression advocacy group Fundamedios. Twitter declined to comment on the suspensions.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican crime reporter murdered

A man attaches crosses to the fence of the attorney general's office (PGR) in Mexico City to protest the murder of journalists, April 1, 2017. (Reuters/Edgard Garrido)

Mexico City, April 17, 2017--Mexican authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate the murder of crime reporter Maximino Rodríguez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants shot and killed Rodríguez on April 14 in the northern Mexican city of La Paz, according to his employer.

April 17, 2017 5:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican newspaper editor shot and wounded in Veracruz

Images of murdered journalists are seen at this protest in front of the government of Veracruz building in Mexico City, February 11, 2016. (Reuters/Edgard Garrido)Mexico City, March 29, 2017--Mexican authorities should credibly and thoroughly investigate today's shooting of veteran journalist Armando Arrieta Granados, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Arrieta, the editorial director of the daily Veracruz newspaper La Opinión, was shot and gravely wounded as he returned to his residence in the city of Poza Rica.

March 29, 2017 4:19 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist shot dead in Chihuahua

Luz Maria Davila, whose son was killed in gang violence in Chihuahua state, holds a ticket to attend a mass led by Pope Francis in the state, February 11, 2016. (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

New York, March 23, 2017--Miroslava Breach Velducea, a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, was murdered this morning in the eponymous state capital.

March 23, 2017 2:53 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera murdered in Veracruz

A relative of one of the men found buried in an unmarked grave in the Mexican state of Veracruz prays at a meeting in Palmas de Abajo, March 16, 2017. The state has for years been the site of violence between organized crime syndicates. (Reuters/Carlos Jasso)

Mexico City, March 20, 2017--Mexican authorities should undertake a credible and thorough investigation into the murder of journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Monlui was shot to death yesterday morning in the municipality of Yanga, in the eastern state of Veracruz, as he left a restaurant where he had eaten with his wife and son. He was 57.

Case   |   Mexico

Local official hits journalist with car

An employee with the economic council of the municipal government of the central Mexican city of Guanajuato, on March 7, 2017, swerved his car to hit Gilberto Israel Navarro Basaldúa, a journalist for the newspaper Am Express, the journalist alleged.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Ex-police commander jailed for 30 years for murder of Oaxaca journalist

New York, March 6, 2017--A court in the Mexican state Oaxaca convicted Jorge Armando Santiago Martínez of murdering Marcos Hernández Bautista, a reporter for the daily Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the March 3 conviction and called on authorities to prosecute all involved in the crime.

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