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Mexican reporter Gustavo Sánchez shot and killed in Oaxaca

Mexico City, June 22, 2021 – Mexican authorities should conduct a swift, thorough, and transparent investigation into the killing of journalist Gustavo Sánchez Cabrera, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 8 a.m. on June 17, two unidentified people driving a car near the town of Morro Mazatán, in the southern state of…

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Murderer of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez sentenced to 32 years in prison

Mexico City, June 18, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed yesterday’s sentencing of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta, known as “El Quillo,” one of the murderers of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, and called on Mexican federal authorities to redouble their efforts to have the alleged mastermind of the killing extradited to and tried in…

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At-risk journalists who must flee home countries often find few quick and safe options

In 2018, journalist Mohammad Shubaat was in Daraa, Syria, caught between advancing forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the closed borders of Israel and Jordan. Despite the dire threat to Shubaat and many of his colleagues, it would take over a year of intense negotiations with some 20 countries by the Committee to…

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Former Mexican mayor convicted for role in murder of reporter Miroslava Breach

Mexico City, June 16, 2021 – In response to yesterday’s sentencing of Hugo Amed Schultz Alcaraz to eight years in prison for his role in the 2017 murder of Mexican reporter Miroslava Breach Velducea, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “After several recent sentences in the Javier Valdez Cardenas and Miroslava Breach…

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CPJ welcomes 2nd conviction in case of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

Mexico City, June 9, 2021 – In response to yesterday’s conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta, known as “El Quillo,” for his role in the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta is an important step toward ending impunity…

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Mexican reporter Luis Aguilar survives knife attack in Pénjamo

Mexico City, June 3, 2021 – Mexican authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the recent attack on reporter Luis Raúl Aguilera Pérez and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 2:30 a.m. on May 21, an unidentified man attacked Aguilera with a knife as he returned to his home in…

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Mexican reporter Benjamín Morales shot and killed in Sonora

Mexico City, May 11, 2021 – Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a swift, credible, and transparent investigation into the killing of independent reporter Benjamín Morales, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the evening of May 2, Morales’ family lost contact with the journalist in Sonoyta, a small…

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Mexican state authorities order website to remove articles critical of political candidate

Mexico City, April 27, 2021 – Authorities in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora should immediately rescind letters ordering the news website Yo Rechazo la Corrupción y la Impunidad to take down articles covering alleged corruption by a political candidate, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 23, Dianeth Pérez Arreola,…

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Mexico elections 2021: Journalist safety kit

Mexico will hold the largest elections in its history on June 6, 2021. Candidates will run for, among other offices, the federal Chamber of Deputies, governorships in 15 states, and mayor in hundreds of municipalities.  Journalists and media workers covering the elections anywhere in Mexico should be aware of a number of risks, including physical…

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Mexican journalist Jorge Molontzín missing in Sonora since March 10

Mexico City, March 22, 2021 – Mexican authorities must thoroughly investigate the disappearance of journalist Jorge Molontzín Centlal, determine if his disappearance is related to his work, and do everything in their power to return him to safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Molontzín, a reporter with the magazine Confidencial, went missing on…

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