New York, April 25, 2022 – On Tuesday and Wednesday, the People’s Tribunal will convene in Mexico City to hear oral arguments and witness testimony in the murder case of Miguel Ángel López Velasco whose murder has become emblematic of impunity for crimes against journalists in Mexico.
The case hearings will feature testimony from Mexican journalists and relatives of journalists murdered in reprisal for their work and expert witnesses who will provide contextual testimony regarding the situation in Mexico. Members of the international diplomatic corps are expected to be in attendance.
The People’s Tribunals on the Murder of Journalists are a form of alternative justice organized by A Safer World for the Truth, a collaborative project between the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Free Press Unlimited (FPU). Mexico is one of three countries indicted in 2021, along with Syria and Sri Lanka.
Journalists are encouraged to attend or follow the livestream which will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. Representatives of the host organizations are available for interviews or comments on this historically first attempt to use the People’s Tribunals model in defense of press freedoms and murdered journalists. Additional documents are available in both English and Spanish.
What: People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists – Case of Miguel Ángel López Velasco – Oral Arguments
When: April 26-27, 2022
Where: RSVP to [email protected] for location details in Mexico or a link to register for the livestream.