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June 14, 2014

Long-time Mexican journalist found dead days after abduction

The International Press Institute (IPI) Friday urged Mexican authorities to conduct a full investigation into the murder of Mexican journalist Jorge Torres Palacios , whose body was found on June 2, four days after he was kidnapped by his home in Acapulco, Guerrero state. The long-time journalist had worked as the spokesman for the Health Office of the Acapulco municipal government but continued writing his own column called “Nothing Personal” for the investigative online and printed... MORE
June 6, 2014

Mexican columnist, abducted, found dead

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the murder of Mexican columnist and government spokesman Jorge Torres Palacios and called on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Torres' body was found in a bag in an orchard in Guerrero state on Monday, three days after he was abducted by unidentified assailants at his home in Acapulco, according to news reports. Torres wrote a weekly column on politics and security, called "Nothing Personal," for... MORE
April 4, 2014

Mexican daily attacked, harassed

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned an attack early April 3 on Adrián López Ortiz , general director of the Grupo Noroeste , a media group that owns the daily Noroeste , in the state of Sinaloa. CPJ also expressed alarm at a series of threats and harassment against the paper in recent weeks and called on authorities to bring those responsible to justice. "The Mexican authorities must thoroughly investigate these recent threats and attacks, including any possible involvement by... MORE
March 27, 2014

Mexico: ‘Soft’ censorship poses significant dangers to press freedom

Press freedom in Mexico faces widespread and growing threats from “soft censorship” that includes government use of financial incentives and penalties to pressure news media, punish critical reporting, and reward favourable coverage, according to a new report released by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). While Mexican journalists are frequently targets of physical attack, soft censorship is another more subtle and very significant danger to press freedom, the... MORE
March 15, 2014

CPJ alarmed by threats against RSF Mexico correspondent

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern at threats made against Balbina Flores Martínez , Mexico correspondent for the international press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders . On Wednesday, Flores received a series of telephone calls in which she was told that someone had been hired to "harm her," according to news reports. "Mexican authorities must launch a timely and thorough inquiry into this threat and bring those responsible to justice," said CPJ Senior... MORE
February 13, 2014

Missing Mexican journalist found dead in Veracruz

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz and hold the perpetrators to account. Jiménez was abducted on February 5 and his body was found buried along with two other people in the municipality of Las Choapas in Veracruz state on Tuesday, according to news reports. Armed men intercepted Jiménez at his home in the town of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, after the journalist had dropped his children... MORE
February 6, 2014

Mexican crime reporter abducted in Veracruz

Armed assailants today abducted Mexican crime beat reporter Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz in the town of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the kidnappers to release him immediately. "Because of violence and corruption, fear and censorship have taken a staggering toll on the press in Veracruz," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. "We urge Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to... MORE
July 27, 2011

Mexico: Woman journalist’s murder turns Veracruz into deadliest state for media this year

The discovery of the body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, a crime reporter and columnist for the regional daily Notiver on July 26 in the east-coast port city of Veracruz, adds her name to the long list of journalists who have been murdered or have disappeared in Mexico. A total of 77 have been killed since 2000 and 23 have gone missing since 2003. According to a Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) tally, seven Mexican journalists have been murdered since the start of... MORE
July 14, 2011

Mexico: Another journalist is killed, third this month

Angel Castillo Corona, a journalist based in Ocuilan, in the central state of Mexico, was beaten to death on the highway from Ocuilan to nearby Tiaguistenco on July 3. His unidentified assailants also killed his 16-year-old son, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The press freedom organisation urged the authorities to react to the seemingly endless violence against the media by conducting a thorough debate on how to protect journalists and effectively... MORE
June 30, 2011

Mexico: Death threats against Lydia Cacho

Mexican federal authorities must fully investigate renewed anonymous death threats against prominent journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho and bring those responsible to justice, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. "Mexican authorities must put an end to the continuous intimidation against one of Mexico's leading journalists, immediately investigate the threats, and bring the perpetrators to justice," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's... MORE