Jan-Albert Hootsen

Jan-Albert Hootsen, CPJ's Mexico correspondent for the Americas program, works as a correspondent for Dutch newspaper Trouw, and regularly contributes to publications including Newsweek and RTL Nieuws. He is based in Mexico City.

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Press freedom summit urges Mexico to reform journalist protections

July 2, 2019 6:21 PM ET

On June 18, more than 400 people converged in Mexico City for CPJ's Mexico Press Freedom Summit. Energized by a sense that the country is at a point of profound political change under the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the conference delved into the threats for Mexican...

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Mexico's press question president's commitment to press advertising reform

May 8, 2019 6:00 PM ET

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico's presidential elections last year with a promise to drastically cut the millions of dollars the government spends on press advertising each year, it appeared to signal the end to an opaque system that has been criticized as a way for governments to...

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López Obrador's anti-press rhetoric leaves Mexico's journalists feeling exposed

May 6, 2019 11:30 AM ET

During his daily press conference on April 15, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters, "If you go too far, you know what will happen." López Obrador clarified his remarks the following day, saying he meant that the public would hold reporters who unfairly criticize the government to...

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In Mexico, 'narcopolitics' is a deadly mix for journalists covering crime and politics

December 19, 2018 12:00 AM ET

It was 3 p.m. on January 13 when Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez stopped at a traffic light in Nuevo Laredo, in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Two men approached the car of the well-known newspaper columnist, opened the driver's door, and stabbed him more than 20 times in front...

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Mexico's special prosecutor says FEADLE is improving, but impunity continues

January 29, 2018 1:50 PM ET

For approximately two months, Mexico's office of the Special Prosecutor for Attention for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) led a nomadic existence after its building was damaged in a September 19 earthquake that killed almost 400 people in and around Mexico City. The agency now has a new...

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On the front lines of reporting in Guerrero, Mexico's most-violent state

September 11, 2017 5:02 PM ET

Several months ago, during a three-day journalism congress in Mexico City, a reporter from the southern Mexican state of Guerrero took out his cell phone and scrolled through a series of pictures. The photos showed teenagers smiling at the camera, carrying automatic rifles, and sporting bulletproof vests....

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Memory of Mexico's investigative reporter Javier Valdez will live on through his work

July 17, 2017 5:36 PM ET

Two months have passed since Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the Mexican investigative reporter and recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, was murdered. The grief over his killing in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, has left many looking for answers as to why the investigation into his murder appears...

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Jailed Dutch reporter Ornstein says Panama failed to inform him of legal proceedings

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

A faint smile appears on Okke Ornstein's face as he recalls what happened last summer, when he traveled with a group of refugees through Europe to document their trip for a Dutch radio broadcaster....

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Change to Mexican law leaves critical journalists at risk of steep fines

September 2, 2016 2:56 PM ET

Sergio Aguayo, one of Mexico's most prominent political commentators, said he was taken by surprise when he heard he was being sued for "moral damages." The plaintiff, Humberto Moreira, is a former governor who faced allegations that he severely mishandled the state's finances, was involved in graft and corruption,...

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In Oaxaca, reporters covering teachers' union protests face violence, threats

July 12, 2016 3:19 PM ET

The atmosphere in Nochixtlán, a small, rural community in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca, was tense on June 20. The day before, members of a dissident teachers' union had clashed with federal and state police while protesting education reform. Shots were fired and, by the end of the day,...

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