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Statements   |   Gambia

Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder

Deyda Hydara and his wife Maria circa 1989. Arrest warrants are issued for two suspects in the journalist's killing. (Hydara family)

New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports.

May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a denial of service (DOS) attack that would take the publication's website offline for days. The death threats against Javier in reprisal for his reporting on organized crime and corruption continued until his brutal murder today in his home city of Culiacán, but he refused a life in exile or a life without journalism. "To die," he said in an interview with CPJ, "would be to stop writing."

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican president pledges to prioritize journalist safety and combat impunity

President Enrique Peña Nieto, left, pledged in a meeting with a CPJ delegation, right, to make ending impunity and keeping journalists safe a priority. (Los Pinos)

Mexico City, May 4, 2017-- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today pledged to prioritize combating impunity in the murders of journalists for the remainder of his term, which ends next year. He said the safety and protection of journalists would also be a priority.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders

Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Despite authorities appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes against freedom of expression and establishing a protection mechanism for journalists, a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Published May 3, 2017

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

About This Report

This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program.

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

Covering corruption in Mexico means living with impunity

By Adela Navarro Bello

It is a feeling of frustration that stays with you. Current affairs in Mexico today are dominated by two prevalent issues: corruption and impunity. Every story, breaking news or media report originates from these two issues. And to practice journalism here means to work in a climate of corruption and impunity. This is not fiction. It’s the essence of the country.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

Fighting impunity should be priority for Mexican government

By Carlos Lauría

Violence tied to drug trafficking and organized crime has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press. Since 2010, CPJ has documented more than 50 cases of journalists and media workers killed or disappeared. But in nearly every case of a journalist murdered in direct retaliation for their work, justice remains elusive and impunity continues to be the norm.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

Moisés Sánchez: Justice blocked by delays, errors

As he was dragged from his home and into a waiting car, José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo pleaded with his attackers, “Please don’t hurt my family.” His wife, who at the time was embracing her two young grandsons, could only gaze in horror as Sánchez, the 49-year-old editor of La Unión, was driven away. It was the last time his family saw him alive.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

Marcos Hernández Bautista: the rebel reporter

Marcos Hernández Bautista usually brushed off death threats. But in January 2016, the reporter who regularly covered government corruption in towns near the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, received several menacing phone calls that seemed more serious and left him fearing for his life, said his editor, María de los Ángeles Velasco.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz: A barbaric silencing

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz was not a journalist who went looking for danger. But living and working in a small town in Veracruz state—mired by gang warfare, human trafficking, and a lucrative trade in kidnap for ransom—meant he covered stories that could put in him danger.

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