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Cuban journalist who fled the island seeks asylum in the U.S. from ICE detention center in California

*This story has been updated to include a comment from the RSF North America executive director

Cuban journalist José Ramón Ramírez Pantoja had to leave his country because of the persecution he said he suffered from the government after fully publishing the statements of a state official that were inconvenient for the Cuban regime. Read more »


Salvadoran journalist held in ICE detention for more than a year is released as he seeks asylum in U.S.

Salvadoran journalist Manuel Durán was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention on July 11 more than one year after his arrest while covering an immigration protest. Read more »


U.S. immigration judge denies asylum to Mexican journalist for a second time

A U.S. immigration judge has again denied asylum for a Mexican journalist who fled his country a decade ago out of fear for his life.

Judge Robert Hough denied the requests of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son on Feb. 28, 2019. The journalist’s lawyer has since filed an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Read more »


‘I must implore you for my life’: Mexican journalist who fled to U.S. 10 years ago requests asylum again

Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto again requested asylum for himself and his son in an El Paso immigration court, 10 years after they turned themselves into a checkpoint at the U.S.-Mexico border and more than a year after their claim was denied. Read more »


Mexican reporter seeking asylum is released after seven months in ICE detention and awaits new asylum hearing

Mexican reporter Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, who is seeking asylum in the U.S., was released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in El Paso on the afternoon of July 26 after seven months in detention.

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/07/26/mexican-reporter-and-son-released-immigration-detention-texas/ Read more »


Mexican reporter seeking asylum will return to court with new evidence and support from U.S. journalism community

The lawyer for Mexican reporter Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, who has been in a detention center in El Paso, Texas since December 2017, says he has new evidence to convince the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to grant the journalist asylum. Read more »


Young Mexican journalist who traveled to the US seeking asylum has been detained for more than 100 days by ICE

Mexican journalist Martín Méndez Pineda (26), who traveled to the United States to seek political asylum because he feared for his life, has been detained for more than 100 days in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. Read more »


Bolivian reporters flee to Brazil, claiming officials ordered warrants for their arrest

Two Bolivian journalists were forced to flee to Brazil after suffering legal harassment by public officials on Oct. 13, reported the newspaper Opinión. The reporters from Cobija, capital of the northern department of Pando, claimed that officials with the department Prosecutor's office attempted to arrest them, according to the newspaper. Read more »


Mexican journalists seeking protection from drug-related violence run into U.S. bureaucracy and stereotypes

After living through a violent nightmare in Mexico, arrival at the doorstep of the United States should feel like a welcome relief for threatened Mexican journalists.

The reality, however, is much more somber as journalists find themselves confronted by a society full of perceptions and stereotypes of Mexican immigrants, and stuck trying to navigate through an outdated asylum process that neglects contemporary forms of persecution. Read more »


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