Mexico / 2010

Gunmen attack newspaper in Acapulco

November 12, 2010 2:34 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists 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...

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Mexican reporter killed in Matamoros crossfire

November 8, 2010 12:57 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for a thorough investigation into the shooting death of crime reporter Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero, who was killed on Friday during crossfire between the Mexican army and gunmen in the border city of Matamoros, local news reports said. The...

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Calderón to support federalization of anti-press crimes

September 22, 2010 5:59 PM ET

Mexico City, September 22, 2010--Calling the right to free expression a priority of his government, Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa pledged today to push for legislation that would make attacks on journalists a federal crime. In a lengthy meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and...

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Two Mexican photographers shot in Juárez; one killed

September 16, 2010 6:28 PM ET

New York, September 16, 2010--Two photographers were shot by unidentified gunmen in a brazen attack this afternoon in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, the local press reported. One photographer died, and the other was injured....

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Car bomb explodes outside Televisa in northern Mexico

August 27, 2010 3:53 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2010--Mexico's main television network reported that a car bomb exploded at its headquarters in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state early today. There were no injuries, the Televisa network said, but its transmission was knocked out for several hours and there was damage to...

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CPJ condemns grenade attacks against Televisa

August 16, 2010 3:17 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2010--Weekend grenade attacks against the Monterrey and Matamoros offices of the national broadcaster Televisa reflect another attempt by organized crime to intimidate the Mexican news media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes arrests in Mexican journalists’ abductions

August 5, 2010 2:29 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2010—Mexican federal police announced this morning the arrests of three men in connection with the abduction of four journalists taken captive on July 26, according to local press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists commends the swift capture of the suspects and calls on authorities to...

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In Mexico, abducted reporters are free

August 2, 2010 5:01 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2010—All four Mexican journalists abducted by drug traffickers last week are now free, ending an ordeal that drew international attention to pervasive anti-press violence in Mexico. Two reporters were brought to safety by federal police on Saturday, joining two colleagues who had been freed earlier....

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Four Mexican journalists held hostage in Durango

July 28, 2010 5:50 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Mexican government today to do everything in its power to bring four journalists who are being held hostage by an alleged criminal group to safety. The group’s members have demanded press coverage of videos they made in exchange...

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Mexican reporter abducted and shot dead in Nuevo León

July 13, 2010 1:45 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2010—Mexican radio reporter Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina was abducted on Friday by unidentified gunmen and found shot to death the next day in the city of Montemorelos, state of Nuevo León,  according to local news reports. Mexican authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into this vicious...

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Mexico restructures prosecution of press crimes

July 9, 2010 1:19 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2010—Structural changes meant to broaden the authority of Mexico’s special prosecutor’s office to investigate crimes against journalists are still insufficient to address the grave free expression crisis in Mexico, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mexican reporter shot to death in Michoacán state

July 6, 2010 4:49 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Mexican authorities to fully investigate the killing of journalist Hugo Alfredo Olivera, who was found dead today in Michoacán state, according to news reports and CPJ interviews....

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Two Mexican journalists slain in war-wracked Guerrero

July 1, 2010 4:12 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2010—Mexican journalist Juan Francisco Rodríguez Ríos and his wife, journalist María Elvira Hernández Galeana, were shot dead on Monday at the Internet café they owned in the town of Coyuca de Benítez, state of Guerrero, according to international and local news reports. The Committee to Protect...

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Federal forces in Mexico increasingly harass journalists

June 7, 2010 1:26 PM ET

Dear President Calderón: On Freedom of Expression Day today, the Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express concern about a series of incidents this year in which federal security forces have attacked and harassed local reporters who cover crime and report on law enforcement operations.

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Obama and Calderón need to address press crisis in Mexico

May 18, 2010 2:34 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón to put Mexico’s press freedom crisis on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting in Washington. CPJ also calls on Calderón to continue to advocate for reforms that will strengthen federal accountability in crimes against...

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Mexican journalists rescued in Oaxaca; one wounded

April 30, 2010 4:04 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2010—Two journalists who went missing Tuesday after an ambush in Oaxaca state in southern Mexico were rescued late Thursday by local police, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack....

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Mexican journalists missing after convoy ambushed

April 29, 2010 5:58 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—Two journalists accompanying a caravan of human rights activists in a tense and often violent indigenous area of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico were reported missing Tuesday after the convoy came under gunfire and two people were killed, press reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Journalist missing in western Mexico

April 9, 2010 3:19 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists voiced concern today about the fate of Mexican journalist Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, left, who has been missing since Tuesday, according to his family and reports in the local press....

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Mexican reporter shot to death in Guerrero

March 15, 2010 3:01 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2010—Mexican reporter Evaristo Pacheco Solís was found shot to death on Friday in the city of Chilpancingo, in the crime-ravaged state of Guerrero, news reports said. Authorities must fully investigate the murder and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Drug-related violence endangers media in Reynosa

March 11, 2010 3:06 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a wave of drug-related violence in the Mexican city of Reynosa, near the Texas border, which is endangering the news media and causing widespread self-censorship. In the past two weeks, several journalists have been abducted and one reporter...

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Eight journalists abducted in Mexico

March 8, 2010 3:13 PM ET

We issued the following statement in response to a report published today in the Dallas Morning News about the alleged abduction of eight Mexican journalists in the border area of Reynosa, near McAllen, Texas. One reporter died after a severe beating, two were released, and the rest are missing, according...

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CPJ urges Mexico to keep case of missing journalist open

March 3, 2010 4:46 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2010—Investigators in Tabasco State should continue to investigate the 2007 disappearance of Mexican journalist Rodolfo Rincón Taracena despite the recently publicized alleged confessions of five suspects in custody....

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In the Americas, Big Brother is watching reporters

February 16, 2010 12:56 AM ET

By Carlos Lauría The topic being investigated by two Colombian reporters was explosive enough that it required unusual security. Fearful that the subjects would learn prematurely of the story, the reporters took separate notes, which they did not share and which they later destroyed. They didn’t communicate by telephone...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Mexico

February 16, 2010 12:27 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Amid threats and attacks, self-censorship becomes more pervasive.• Congress stalls on reforms to combat violence against the press. Key Statistic 9: Journalists missing since 2005. Most had covered crime and corruption. The deepening influence of organized crime and the government’s inability to curb worsening...

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Mexican publisher shot to death in Guerrero

February 1, 2010 5:03 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2010—Jorge Ochoa Martínez, a Mexican editor and publisher in Guerrero state, died late Friday after being shot in the face, according to local press reports. Mexican authorities must put an end to the cycle of impunity in attacks on the press by ensuring those responsible for...

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Missing reporter found dead in Mexico

January 19, 2010 2:22 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexican authorities today to thoroughly investigate the killing of José Luis Romero, a Mexican crime reporter who had been abducted on December 30. Romero, at left, was found dead on Saturday near the city of Los Mochis, in the...

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Abducted reporter found dead in Mexico

January 8, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2010—Mexican reporter Valentín Valdés Espinosa was abducted on Thursday and found shot to death early this morning in the city of Saltillo, Coahuila state, in northern Mexico, according to local news reports. Mexican authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into this vicious attack and bring...

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Abducted Mexican reporter found dead

January 8, 2010 11:30 AM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to the killing of Mexican reporter Valentín Valdés Espinosa of the Saltillo-based daily Zócalo in the state of Coahuila. Espinosa was abducted by unidentified assailants Thursday and found dead early today, according to press reports......

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Mexican crime reporter, abducted in Sinaloa, still missing

January 4, 2010 2:16 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2010---The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on state and federal authorities to step up their investigation into the abduction of a veteran police reporter who was seized by masked men in Sinaloa state on Wednesday. The reporter, José Luis Romero, remained missing today....

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