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June 28, 2007

Woman journalist targeted by state, criminals alike in Mexico

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro is being threatened by both state and anti-state powers trying to muzzle free expression in Mexico and silence voices which expose their corruption and illegal activities. Lydia Cacho, 43, correspondent for CIMAC news agency and feature writer for 'Dia Siete' magazine in Mexico. Cacho, a journalist for more than two decades, has endured numerous death threats because of her work reporting on domestic violence, organised crime and political corruption. In 2004, Cacho... MORE
May 10, 2007

Mexico: Leading journalist’s car sabotaged 4 days after gruesome “narco-message” threatening press

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has voiced concern about gruesome threatening messages aimed at journalists and the fact that one of the latest messages, which are being blamed on drug traffickers, was followed four days later by an apparent attempt to kill a leading investigative journalist by sabotaging her car. On 3 May 2007, World Press Freedom Day, the head of a corpse was left on a street in the eastern city of Veracruz along with the message: “Here is a gift for journalists, and other... MORE
April 19, 2007

Mexico decriminalises defamation, libel and slander

Mexico has become only the second country in Latin America to repeal defamation as a criminal offence. Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa signed the legislation that effectively eliminates criminal defamation, libel, and slander at the federal level last week. Mexico's president Felipe Calderon speaks during the opening of the Plan Puebla Panama summit in Mexico, April 10, 2007. “I welcome the decriminalisation, and I have chosen to promulgate the law,” Calderón said last month, “making... MORE
August 28, 2006

IAPA calls for action against journalist's murderers

(IAPA/IFEX) - MIAMI, Florida (August 28, 2006) - In a new action in its hemisphere-wide awareness campaign aimed at bringing the murderers of journalists to justice, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today called on Mexico's President Vicente Fox to act to speed up the investigation into the death of news photographer Gregorio Rodríguez Hernández and bring to trial and convict those responsible. Rodríguez worked for the newspaper El Debate in Mazatlán in the northwestern Mexican state... MORE
February 16, 2006

Mexico governor says won’t quit over journalist case

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A Mexican governor refused to resign on Wednesday in a scandal over taped conversations in which he and a business magnate appear to discuss jailing and intimidating a journalist for writing a damaging book. Gov. Mario Marin of Puebla state told a news conference the audio tapes implicating him in a plot against Cancun journalist Lydia Cacho were false. “There is not the least reason to resign, and much less so when it has to do with a series of lies and... MORE
December 25, 2005

Mexican journalist threatened after reports on police-crime nexus

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called on Mexican federal authorities to take charge of investigating attempts to intimidate crime reporter Claudia Padilla Pacheco of the local daily Correo in Celaya (in the central state of Guanajuato) after she wrote two investigative reports about the alleged implication of local police in criminal activity. AT THE CORREO: Correo's Caludia Padilla exposed a major ring of Guanajuato police officers, some of whom are still at their posts despite being... MORE