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As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.


CPJ newsletter: August 2015

A protester holds up a photograph of Rubén Espinosa, who was killed after he fled Veracruz state. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

Demanding justice and security for journalists in Mexico

CPJ staff were shocked and saddened by the murder of photographer Rubén Espinosa, who was found dead in an apartment in Mexico City along with four women. The victims were shot in the head. Espinosa had fled the state of Veracruz in June and sought refuge in Mexico City, where he thought he would be safe. CPJ condemned the murder and called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation. "It is time for federal and local authorities to take action to combat the serious press freedom crisis facing Mexico," said Carlos Lauría, senior program coordinator for the Americas. Mexico ranks among the most deadly countries for journalists--with 34 journalists killed for their work since 1992, and another 42 cases in which the motive remains unconfirmed.

August 28, 2015 12:42 PM ET

Américas, Blog, México

El asesinato de un fotógrafo mexicano puso el dedo en la llaga

Carlos Lauría/Coordinador Senior del programa de las Américas

Un manifestante sostiene una fotografía de Rubén Espinosa, un fotoperiodista quien fue asesinado luego de huir del estado de Veracruz. Cientos de periodistas, escritores y artistas han firmado una carta instando al gobierno mexicano a poner fin al ciclo de violencia en Méxco. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

El asesinato del fotógrafo mexicano Rubén Espinosa el 31 de julio causó un fuerte impacto en la comunidad de libertad de prensa. Espinosa, quien fue hallado en su apartamento con cuatro mujeres -todos asesinados de un disparo en la cabeza- había abandonado el estado de Veracruz en junio para refugiarse en la Ciudad de México, donde pensó que estaría a salvo de amenazas e intimidación.

18 de Agosto 2015 5:12 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

The murder of Mexican photographer Espinosa has touched a nerve

A protester holds up a photograph of Rubén Espinosa, a journalist who was killed after he fled Veracruz state. Hundreds of journalists, writers, and artists have signed on to a letter calling on the Mexican government to end the cycle of violence in Mexico. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

The July 31 murder of Mexican photographer Rubén Espinosa hit the press freedom community really hard. Espinosa, who was found in an apartment with four female victims--all of them shot in the head--had fled the state of Veracruz in June and sought refuge in Mexico City, where he thought he would be safe from threats and intimidation.

Américas, México, Noticias

Fotógrafo mexicano que abandonó violento estado de Veracruz asesinado en DF

Ciudad de México, 3 de agosto de 2015--El Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) condena el asesinato del fotógrafo mexicano Rubén Espinosa y exhorta  a las autoridades a investigar todos los posibles motivos del asesinato y asegurar que los autores sean enjuiciados. Espinosa, quien se había radicado en la Ciudad de México luego de abandonar el estado de Veracruz tras recibir amenazas, fue hallado muerto el viernes en un apartamento de la capital, según informes de prensa.

3 de Agosto 2015 5:47 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican photojournalist who fled violent Veracruz state murdered in capital

Mexico City, August 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa and calls on authorities to investigative all motives in the killing and ensure the perpetrators are held to account. Espinosa, who had fled to the capital from Veracruz state after receiving threats, was found murdered in a Mexico City apartment on Friday, according to news reports.


Rubén Espinosa Becerril

Espinosa was found in an apartment with four female victims, and all of them had been shot in the head, authorities said on August 2. One of the victims, Nadia Vera, was a friend of Espinosa's and a student activist in Xalapa, the Veracruz online publication Plumas Libres reported.

Espinosa fled Veracruz state and arrived in Mexico City in June 2015, he told CPJ in an interview that month. He worked for the local news agency AVC Noticias, the national newsweekly Proceso, and photo agency Cuartoscuro and often covered local activist causes, local journalists told CPJ.

Espinosa had been threatened repeatedly in the past few years. He told CPJ in June that he fled Veracruz after he noticed people outside his home in Xalapa three separate times who gave him intimidating glances and gestures. He said that in 2013, he was among the journalists attacked by police during a September 2013 eviction of protesting teachers and students. In 2012, he said, an unidentified man "grabbed me by the shirt, threw me up against a metal curtain and told me, 'Stop taking photos ... if you don't want to end up like Regina Martínez.'"

Regina Martínez Pérez, the Veracruz correspondent for Proceso, was killed in April 2012 after critical reporting on state officials.

Espinosa had clashed in previous years with authorities in Veracruz. He told the news website Sin Embargo that local authorities had been angered by a front-page photo he had taken of Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa that was published in Proceso on February 15, 2014, under the headline "Veracruz: Lawless State."

Before fleeing to Mexico City, Espinosa was very active within a group of Veracruz journalists who called on state authorities to investigate crimes against murdered journalists, a Mexican journalist who spoke on condition of anonymity told CPJ. "He became one of the leaders of the group and represented them in meeting with authorities," the journalist said.

On August 4, authorities in Mexico City arrested Daniel Pacheco Gutiérrez, who they said was a suspect in connection with the killing, prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza announced. Investigators said his fingerprints had been found at the crime scene and matched to a database which showed he had a criminal record for rape and assault, the BBC reported.

According to press reports, Pacheco said he had been in the apartment but that he hadn't participated in the murders. In a statement he gave to prosecutors, he said he had been invited by an individual named José Abraham to meet a Colombian woman he knew in that neighborhood. On August 11, the national daily Reforma reported that Pacheco had identified two accomplices: Abraham, who Pacheco said was a former Mexico City police officer and guarded parked cars in the streets in exchange for money, and an individual known as Omar, who he said was a juggler who performed at traffic intersections.

Pacheco was accused of murder, femicide, and aggravated robbery. The other two men were fugitives.

When interrogated by a Mexican judge, Pacheco alleged he had been tortured and beaten, the local press reported. A photograph of Pacheco in custody, which was released to the press, showed the left side of his face swollen, according to press reports.

Investigators said they had not disregarded any motive in the multiple homicide, including Espinosa's work. But local journalists and activists said that authorities were not looking into the photographer's work or the threats he had received. They also pointed out inconsistencies in the investigation: Investigators said the murders took place sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., but Espinosa's final text messages, obtained by The Associated Press, show that he was still alive at 2:13 p.m.

Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states for the press in Mexico, according to CPJ research. Espinosa never approached the federal protection mechanism for at-risk journalists, a federal government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told CPJ the month the journalist was killed.

July 31, 2015 2:59 PM ET

Américas, México, Notícias

Jornalista encontrado morto em Veracruz, México

Nova York, 7 de julho de  2015-- O Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) insta as autoridades mexicanas no estado de Veracruz a considerar o jornalismo como um possível motivo da morte do jornalista mexicano Juan Mendoza Delgado na semana passada, a realizar uma investigação completa e processar os responsáveis.

julho 7, 2015 5:37 PM ET

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Américas, México, Noticias

Periodista hallado muerto en Veracruz, México

Nueva York, 7 de julio de  2015--El Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) insta a las autoridades mexicanas en el estado de Veracruz a considerar el periodismo como un motivo posible en la muerte del periodista mexicano Juan Mendoza Delgado la semana pasada, realizar una investigación exhaustiva y enjuiciar a los asesinos.

7 de Julio 2015 5:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Journalist found dead in Veracruz, Mexico

New York, July 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities in the state of Veracruz to consider journalism as a motive in the death last week of Mexican journalist Juan Mendoza Delgado, investigate the case thoroughly, and ensure the killers are brought to justice.

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