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March 6, 2011

Mexico should hold security forces accountable and protect journalists: Human Rights Watch

Deaths tied to drug violence and grave human rights violations have increased significantly since President Felipe Calderón deployed the military in 2007 to combat Mexico's drug cartels, says Human Rights Watch. An estimated 35,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence during the Calderón administration, including more than 15,000 in 2010. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission has also received nearly 5,000 allegations of human rights violations against the military since 2007,... MORE
March 2, 2011

Media personnel attacked by armed individuals in Morelos

Armed individuals intercepted Oswald Alonso Navarro, a correspondent for the international news agency the Associated Press (AP), and Marco Antonio Vallejo Estrada, a publicist for the Radio Fórmula radio station, on February 25 as they were driving on a street in Cuernavaca, in the central Mexican state of Morelos, according to ARTICLE 19 and Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (CENCOS). The assailants, who were traveling in a compact car, blocked the journalists' vehicle and threatened... MORE
February 27, 2011

Mexican state of Puebla decriminalises defamation

ARTICLE 19 has welcomed the decriminalisation of defamation in Mexico's Puebla state, following the adoption of reforms to the local Criminal Code. At the same time, the recent reform could be further improved by introducing a civil defamation regulation adjusted to international standards including the presence of actual malice and ensure that those sued for defamation are able to mount a proper defense. Since Mexico has a problematic record on protection of freedom of expression, ARTICLE 19... MORE
February 12, 2011

TV technician killed in Coahuila attacks

Gunmen staged separate attacks on a TV station and a radio station in Torreón, in the northern state of Coahuila on February 9, killing a young engineer, Rodolfo Ochoa , in the attack on Canal 9 (Milenio TV), which is owned by the Multimedios Laguna group. Equipment was destroyed in the attack on the radio station, Radiorama, which has been off the air ever since, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). A Canal 9 employee told RSF: “The attack took place at... MORE
February 9, 2011

Prominent journalist suddenly fired in Mexico, attempt to suppress rumour suspected

Influential radio and TV anchor Carmen Aristegui was suddenly fired by the MVS media group on February 6, two days after referring in her weekday news programme on radio MVS and cable channel Canal 52 to claims by opposition legislators that President Felipe Calderón has an alcohol problem, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The speed with which she was fired and the lack of any clear explanation by MVS tend to support the suspicion that she was the... MORE
January 14, 2011

Mexico: Two grenade attacks on media in 48 hours should be seen as “serious warning”

The Mexican government should regard two grenade attacks this week on news media in northern Mexico – one against Televisa in Piedras Negras and one against a local newspaper in Monterrey – as a serious warning and should speed implementation of a federal-level convention on the protection of journalists that was signed in November, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. There were a total of seven direct armed attacks on news media in 2010 alone, compared... MORE
January 7, 2011

Mexico’s human rights agency to prioritize crimes against journalists

The president of the government-run National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia, said killings, disappearances, and kidnappings of media workers and activists will be a priority for the agency in 2011, Milenio reports, according to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. In order to face the growing number of crimes against journalists, Plascencia said the CNDH will strengthen its Grievance Program for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders, Europa Press and Diario de... MORE
November 19, 2010

Mexico: Disappearances of four journalists in Michoacán state all still unsolved

Four journalists are still missing in the southwestern state of Michoacán, one of the epicentres of the federal offensive against the drug cartels that President Felipe Calderón launched on taking office in December 2006, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). José Antonio García Apac, the editor of the local weekly Ecos de la Cuenca , has been missing the longest. He disappeared exactly four years ago, on November 20, 2006, just days before the offensive... MORE
November 12, 2010

Mexico: Gunmen attack newspaper in Acapulco

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Wednesday's shooting attack against Mexican newspaper El Sur in the port city of Acapulco, Guerrero state. Unidentified armed men fired at the paper and then stormed into the newsroom and threatened to set it on fire, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews. Around 10:30 p.m., gunmen aboard two trucks fired at the paper's premises, where 12 employees were at work, El Sur reported. Two armed men reportedly broke into the paper's... MORE
November 8, 2010

Mexico: Jail for community radio leader

Héctor Camero, a representative of Radio Tierra y Libertad, a community radio station based in a poor neighbourhood of Monterrey (in the northeastern state of Nuevo León), was told on November 3 that he has been sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 15,000 pesos (900 euros) on a charge of “using, developing and exploiting radio frequencies without a licence.” The sentence deals another setback to Mexico’s community radio stations and comes just three weeks after police raided and... MORE