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Mexico City police detain and injure journalists during march against president

Protests in Mexico City on Dec. 1-- the first anniversary of the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto -- led to the detention of one journalist, aggressions against other two and the throwing of rocks against TV station Televisa's headquarters, reported journalism organization Article 19. Read more »

Impunity, the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region, IFEX report says

In the last 20 years, 670 journalists have been killed in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates from the IFEX-ACL alliance, which recently presented their Annual Report on Impunity 2013: "Faces and Traces of Freedom of Expression in Latin America and the Caribbean." The crimes -- most of which remain unsolved -- have turned impunity into the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region. Read more »

Political activists threaten journalist in Veracruz, Mexico

Organizations, citizens and academics in Mexico denounced last week the ongoing threats that journalist Norma Trujillo has been receiving since Nov. 6 from the group of political activists Antorcha Campensina, reported Spanish newspaper El País. Read more »

Five years after the killing of Mexican journalist, federal authorities say killer may be already dead

Five years after the killing of Mexican journalist Armando Rodríguez “El Choco,” the federal authorities that recently took over the investigation are now saying that his alleged killer could already be dead, newspaper El Diario de Juárez reported. Read more »

Director of controversial documentary receives new death threats, blames Mexico City judge

Roberto Hernández, the Mexican director of the controversial documentary “Presunto Culpable,” reported on Monday having received new death threats and is accusing the president of Mexico City's Court of Justice, Edgar Elías Azar, of being behind them, Aristegui Noticias reported.  Read more »

Transparency laws present professional, institutional challenges in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua

After decades of a culture of virtually impenetrable secrecy within the Mexican government, in 2002 Mexico passed the Federal Access to Information and Personal Data Protection Act. Since then, it has become an often-cited model of how other governments should draft their own transparency laws.

However, during the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ 11th Austin Forum, which focused on the topics of transparency and accountability, Mexican journalist and Ibero American University professor Margarita Torres said the law is not perfect and journalists are not using it as much as they could. Read more »

Producers of Mexican documentary on court corruption sued for $2 billion in damages

Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, the producers of the Mexican documentary “Presumed Guilty,” are facing three different civil lawsuits for over two billion dollars in the Superior Court of Justice in Mexico City (TSJDF). Read more »

In Mexico, violence against journalists growing and reports on violence disappearing

By Rodrigo Gomes*

The reported cases of aggression against journalists in Mexico reached a total of 225 between January and September of this year. Of these, two of the journalists died and 33 left the country under threats. In addition to the violence of organized crime, a serious problem of institutional censorship also affects Mexico. Read more »