JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

A News Blog

TOPIC: Mexico


The country's biggest media outlet announced that it would not report on the disappearance of former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos until the investigation has concluded, drawing criticism from media and security experts, CNN México reports. read more »

» Televisa's announcement (opinion–Spanish) (Milenio)
» Why did Televisa refuse to report on the kidnapping? (opinion–Spanish) (SDP Noticias)

President Barack Obama is hosting his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderón this week on an official state visit to Washington that includes talks on bilateral issues such as immigration and drug violence on the U.S.–Mexico border. read more »

In the first episode of a special series about violence against Mexican journalists in regions dominated by drug trafficking, CNN Mexico reports that 27 reporters have been threatened in Morelos state alone in central Mexico. read more »

The offices of Televisa’s Canal 2 in Tepic, Nayarit (on Mexico’s central Pacific coast) were attacked with AK-47s and grenades, La Jornada reports. The facilities suffered damage, but neither of the two people in the offices were wounded, Europa Press adds. read more »

Violence has made the border city of Ciudad Juárez one of the world's most dangerous cities and one of the riskiest places to practice journalism. The situation is such that several insurance companies will not sell life insurance to media workers, while others have added new surcharges to policies issued in the city, El Diario reports. read more »

Journalist Érika Ramírez and photographer David Cilia, both of Contralínea magazine, were rescued late Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. Cilia suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg. read more »

The International Press Institute (IPI) named Lydia Cacho as an IPI “World Press Freedom Hero," to recognize her contributions to press freedom and investigative journalism in the defense of human rights. read more »

Relatives of Evaristo Ortega Zárate found the van he was driving a week ago when he is believed to have been kidnapped in Xalapa, Veracruz, the Veracruzanos.info site reports, with information from news agencies. read more »

Spanish journalist Judith Torrea has spent 12 years working as an independent journalist. Last year she created the blog “Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico” (Ciudad Juárez, in the shadow of narcotrafficking), where she reports on the crimes of drug mafias, stories that traditional media aren't always able to tell. read more »

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» El Paso feels Mexico drug war (video) (BBC)
» Blog gives Spanish journalist freedom to report from 'world’s most violent city' (January 2010) (Knight Center)

María Isabella Cordero, former anchor of the morning news on Televisa, was shot to death Friday night in the city of Chihuahua, while leaving a restaurant parking lot, La Jornada and El Diario report. A friend who was in the car with her was also killed. read more »

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» The press and psychological terrorism (El País)

Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) condemned the killing of newspaper columnist Enrique Villicaña Palomares and demanded investigation and punishment, La Jornada reports. read more »

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» Violence increases against Mexican journalists (Fundalex/EHUI)

Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, a correspondent for Cambio de Michoacán newspaper, was last seen Tuesday, April 6, when he left his home for a local university where he is also a professor, Article 19 reports. read more »

Proceso magazine’s publication of an interview with a leading member of the Sinaloa cartel has raised questions about the media’s role in covering drug trafficking. read more »

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» Journalism in the age of narcos: threats, violence and censorship (Knight Center)

Twenty-six reporters—12 from Mexico and 14 from the United States— participated March 26-27 in the McCormick Foundation's Specialized Reporting Institute: Cross-border Coverage of U.S.–Mexico Drug Trafficking. The seminar took place in Austin and was organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. read more »

Senators from the three main parties are considering harsh new sanctions on news organizations. Three separate bills under study by commissions in both chambers of Congress would guarantee the right of reply in cases where media transmit inaccurate, false, or offensive information, El Universal reports. read more »

The London-based Index on Censorship awarded one of its annual Freedom of Expression awards to The Voice (La Voz) of Bagua, a radio station that was caught in the middle of violent protests last year between indigenous protesters and government forces. read more »

Twenty-six journalists—13 from Mexico and 13 the United States—are participating in a unique cross-border training program in Austin, Texas, for journalists who cover the illegal drug trade. read more »

Amid growing criticism over the vulnerability of journalists and the impunity in crimes against them, officials in Guerrero state have arrested a taxi driver who is suspected of being the perpetrator of the killing of reporter Jorge Ochoa Martínez last January, Notimex reports. read more »

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» Journalists raise their voices against attacks—Spanish (Infominuto.com)

Evaristo Pacheco Solís, a reporter for the weekly “Visión Informativa” (Informative Vision), was found shot to death Friday near the state capital, Chilpancingo, Guerrero, in southern Mexico, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. read more »

Concerns over rising violence in Mexico and the dangerous consequences for journalists shifted to northeastern states this week. Journalists and reporters say hitmen from the Gulf Cartel are paying some colleagues around $500 a month to intimidate and silence newspaper and radio coverage, Reuters says. read more »