The dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui from MVS radio group in Mexico on March 15 fueled the existing national controversy caused by the recent dismissal of two reporters who were part of her team. Many are labeling the firing of these communicators as an attack on freedom of expression. Read more »
An increase in organized crime-related violence has terrorized the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas over the past week. Conflicts between rival cartel factions in the neighboring border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros have left dozens dead, escalating the present danger for journalists practicing in the region. Read more »
Hundreds of Mexican judges, lawyers take online course on freedom of expression offered by UNESCO and Knight Center
Nearly 1,000 Mexican judges, lawyers and other operators of justice participated in an online course on issues of freedom of expression and journalist safety offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in association with UNESCO and in close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Mexico. Read more »
Update (Jan. 26, 2015): The body of journalist José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was found in the early hours of January 24, according to the Office of the Attorney General (PGJ) in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The journalist had disappeared on January 2, when armed and unidentified individuals pulled him from his house, located in Medellín de Bravo.
Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico placed in the top 20 deadliest countries for journalists in 2014, according to a special year-end report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
In Brazil and Mexico, ranked seventh and eleventh by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the countries with the highest levels of impunity in the murder of journalists, two advocacy groups are mapping these attacks in an effort to increase their security. Read more »
Impunity in the murder of journalists is not new in Latin America. In the last decade, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported 72 instances of journalists killed for their work. About 78 percent of these cases faced complete or partial impunity. But in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, levels of impunity have surpassed those of any other Latin American country, according to CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index. Read more »
The recent murder of María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, a physician and citizen journalist known on Twitter for her reports of cartel activity in northern Mexico, has sent shock waves through the state of Tamaulipas and shaken journalists working in citizen news networks across the region. Read more »
The Mexican news site SinEmbargo has demanded that authorities investigate a series of attacks, threats, and defamatory acts that have targeted the publication regularly since Oct. 8, shortly after the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero. Read more »
UNESCO and Knight Center offer course for Mexican judges about the international legal framework for freedom of expression
With the support of the Supreme Court of Mexico, through the Mexican Association of Imparters of Justice, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas of the University of Texas at Austin and the UNESCO Chair at Ibero-American University, offer the online course “International Framework for Press Freedom and Protection of Journalists” aimed at judges and other operators of jus Read more »