Mexico / 2009

Mexican newspaper owner gunned down in Quintana Roo

December 24, 2009 10:49 AM ET

New York, December 24, 2009—José Alberto Velázquez López, owner of the Mexican newspaper Expresiones de Tulum in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, died late Tuesday after being shot in his car by a gunman aboard a motorcycle, according to local news reports. Mexican authorities must swiftly investigate this crime and bring...

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Mexican journalist seeks asylum in the U.S. following threats

December 22, 2009 2:41 PM ET

On December 11, 2009, Ricardo Chávez Aldana, a radio host for the Ciudad Juárez-based Radio Cañón, fled to the United States with his wife and children, his sister, her husband, and their two children, his supervisor at Radio Cañón, José Antonio Tirado, told CPJ. The reporter and his family left their home...

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Mexican crime reporter vanishes in western Michoacán

November 20, 2009 2:20 PM ET

New York, November 20, 2009—A Mexican reporter who had recently covered corruption and organized crime was reported missing this week in the western state of Michoacán, according to local news reports. María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, at left, was last seen on November 11 near her home in Zamora. The Committee to...

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Mexican court did not call for release of Brad Will suspect

November 11, 2009 2:30 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2009—A court in Oaxaca has not ordered the release of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, who was charged last year for the 2006 killing of U.S. journalist Bradley Roland Will, contrary to initial news reports in the Mexican press.  ...

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Mexico must continue to investigate Will death

November 10, 2009 5:15 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to reports that a tribunal in Oaxaca state called for the release of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, who was charged last year for the 2006 killing of U.S. journalist Brad Will. The tribunal determined there was insufficient evidence to continue holding the...

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Mexican crime reporter abducted, slain in Durango

November 3, 2009 3:26 PM ET

New York, November 3, 2009—Crime reporter Bladimir Antuna García was found murdered Monday night, according local news reports, after reportedly being abducted from a street in the Mexican city of Durango that morning. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexican authorities to show their commitment to press freedom and...

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Mexican Congressional body to be disbanded

October 28, 2009 12:27 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to reports that the new Mexican Chamber of Deputies has not renewed the mandate of a special congressional committee on violence against the press appointed in 2006......

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Mexican journalist killed inside newsroom in Chihuahua

September 25, 2009 1:31 PM ET

New York, September 25, 2009—Mexico must put an end to the pattern of impunity in journalists’ murders by prosecuting all those responsible for Wednesday’s brutal killing of Norberto Miranda Madrid, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Miranda, a harsh critic of local crime, was shot to death in his...

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Reporter found dead near Acapulco

July 29, 2009 4:31 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2009--Mexican authorities found the brutally beaten body of a journalist partially buried near the southwestern resort city of Acapulco Tuesday afternoon, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Mexican authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing, and to put an end...

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Mexican man sentenced to 16 years for journalist's murder

July 23, 2009 4:25 PM ET

On June 3, 2009, Mexican Judge José Alberto Ciprés Sánchez sentenced Hiram Oliveros Ortiz to 16 years in prison for the 2004 murder of journalist Roberto Javier Mora García, editorial director of the Nuevo Laredo-based daily El Mañana, the paper reported. The following day, Oliveros' attorney appealed the decision to...

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