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Journalists attacked in Mexico since 1992

  

Mexican reporter’s car firebombed in Sonora state

Mexico City, May 29, 2020 — Mexican authorities should immediately provide journalist Marco Antonio Duarte Vargas with protective measures and credibly investigate threats against his life, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 27, at about 11:30 p.m., unknown assailants set fire to Duarte’s car at his home in Ciudad Obregón, in the…

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Police officers are seen in Veracruz, Mexico, on August 29, 2019. Gunmen recently attacked journalist Fernanda de Luna Ferral in Veracruz. (AFP/Victoria Razo)

Gunmen attack daughter of murdered Mexican reporter Maria Elena Ferral in Veracruz

Mexico City, May 26, 2020 – Mexican authorities must immediately investigate an attack by gunmen on journalist Fernanda de Luna Ferral, bring those responsible to justice, and re-evaluate protective measures provided to her by the government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police tape is seen near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, on January 11, 2020. Journalist Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos was recently killed in Sonora state. (AP/Christian Chavez)

Mexican newspaper owner Jorge Armenta shot and killed in Sonora

Mexico City, May 19, 2020 — Mexican authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Mexico City on May 16, 2020. An unidentified man recently threatened to bomb the Mexico City offices of the Reforma newspaper. (AFP/Claudio Cruz)

Mexican newspaper Reforma receives bomb threat over López Obrador coverage

Mexico City, May 18, 2020 — Mexican authorities should immediately and transparently investigate a bomb threat against the Reforma newspaper and provide protective measures to guarantee the safety of its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Griselda Triana, the wife of slain journalist Javier Valdez, attends his memorial service at a funeral parlor in Culiacan, In Sinaloa state, Mexico, on May 16, 2017. Triana wrote a letter calling for justice in his case on May 15, 2020, the third anniversary of his murder. (Reuters/Jesus Bustamante)

On third anniversary of his murder, Javier Valdez’s wife calls for justice in open letter

Today, on the third anniversary of the murder of her husband, Mexican reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas, journalist Griselda Triana wrote an open letter calling for justice and describing the ordeal of her family in the wake of his killing. The letter was published in several Mexican news outlets and by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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A police officer is seen in Mexico City on April 25, 2020. The Mexican Interior Secretariat recently threatened two news companies over their coronavirus coverage. (AP/Fernando Llano)

Mexican government threatens outlets over COVID-19 coverage

On two occasions in April 2020, the Mexican federal Interior Secretariat issued warnings to news outlets over their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and threatened to file administrative sanctions against them.

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A journalist is seen in Mexico City on April 8, 2020. Mexican journalists recently told CPJ that a lack of equipment and government obstruction are among their bigget concerns while covering the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

In Mexico, reporters covering COVID-19 face equipment shortages and government obstruction

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck Mexico, the country was already one of the most dangerous in the world for journalists, according to CPJ research.

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Members of the vigilante group Frente Unido de Policías Comunitarias de Guerrero are seen in Guerrero state, Mexico, on May 29, 2019. The group recently made threats against Proceso reporter Ezequiel Flores. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican militia group threatens Proceso reporter Ezequiel Flores

Mexico City, April 16, 2020 — Mexican authorities must ensure the safety of reporter Ezequiel Flores and investigate the threats made against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists demonstrate against the killing of their colleague Maria Helena Ferral at Lerdo square in Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico on April 1, 2020. (AFP/Hector Quintanar)

Mexican reporter Maria Elena Ferral shot and killed in Veracruz

Mexico City, April 3, 2020 — Mexican authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of reporter Maria Elena Ferral, determine whether the attack was related to her work, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, pictured at a book launch in November 2016. The Mexican journalist was killed in Sinaloa state May 15, 2017. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

CPJ welcomes conviction in murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez

Culiacán, February 28, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the conviction of one of the murderers of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, and urged authorities to bring all the perpetrators, including the mastermind, to justice.

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