Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists

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CPJ condemns proposal to abolish federal trust fund to protect Mexican journalists

Mexico City, September 29, 2020 – Today, Mexico’s federal congress is considering a proposal to abolish 54 federal trust funds, including one used to finance programs that protect journalists via the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, according to news reports. Under the legislative proposal, which was brought by the entire ruling…

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Mexican reporter Julio Valdivia found beheaded in Veracruz state

Mexico City, September 10, 2020 – Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a thorough and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Julio Valdivia and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The body of Valdivia, a reporter for the local El Mundo newspaper, was found yesterday afternoon in the municipality…

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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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Flowers and crosses bear the names of journalists and human rights defenders murdered in the first three months since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office, in Mexico City in February 2019. At least two of the journalists murdered for their work in 2019 were enrolled in a safety protection mechanism. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

When it comes to protecting journalists, Mexico’s safety mechanism comes up short

Gildo Garza sighs when he speaks of the institution that is supposed to protect him. “I feel disappointed, depressed, desperate, and alone,” he said. “I no longer have any hope in a system that was supposed to help me build up a new life or get my old life back.”

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Relatives and friends of Mexican journalist Norma Sarabia, who was killed June 11, carry her coffin in Huimanguillo, Tabasco state, Mexico, on June 12, 2019. (AFP/Carlos Perez)

Mexican reporter Norma Sarabia killed in Tabasco; another journalist kidnapped in Veracruz

Mexico City, June 12, 2019–Mexican authorities must immediately and transparently investigate the killing of reporter Norma Sarabia and do everything in their power to ensure the safe recovery of journalist Marcos Miranda Cogco, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A street vendor in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca. A journalist survived a gun attack in Salina Cruz, a town in the Mexican state. (AFP/Rodrigo Arangua)

Journalist Hiram Moreno survives gun attack in Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico City, March 22, 2019 — Authorities must immediately investigate an attack on Mexican journalist Hiram Moreno and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Moreno, the editor of news website Evidencias, survived a shooting in Salina Cruz, a town in Oaxaca state, on March 20, according to news reports and an…

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Agents of the Federal Police patrol in Baja California Sur state, Mexico, on March 12, 2018. On January 29, 2019, journalist Martín Valtierra García was beaten by two unknown assailants outside his home in Comondù, Baja California Sur. (Daniel Slim/AFP)

Mexican reporter assaulted with baseball bats in Baja California Sur

Mexico City, January 31, 2019–Mexican authorities should immediately undertake a credible and thorough investigation into an assault on January 29 against journalist Martín Valtierra García and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valtierra was beaten by two unknown assailants outside his home in Comondù, in the northern Mexican state of Baja…

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CPJ calls on Mexico to fund journalist protection mechanism

CPJ is deeply concerned about the imminent gap in financing that threatens the operation of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, and urges the Mexican federal government to take immediate action to guarantee continued and sufficient funding. The institution provides protective measures to over 700 journalists and human rights defenders.

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A member of the press hangs pictures of colleagues during a protest against the murder or disappearance of journalists in Mexico in front of the National Palace in Mexico City on June 1, 2018. Mexican cameraman Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares was killed in Cancún, in the southern state of Quintana Roo, on August 29. (AFP/Yuri Cortez)

Mexican cameraman killed in Quintana Roo

Mexico City, August 30, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Mexican authorities to undertake an immediate and credible investigation into the killing of Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares, a cameraman for a local television broadcaster based in Cancún, in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Rodríguez Valladares was shot by unknown assailants around 6:00 p.m.…

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Members of the press hold images of colleagues during a protest against the murder or disappearance of journalists and photojournalists in Mexico, in front of the National Palace in Mexico City on June 1, 2018. Mexican journalist and media owner Rubén Pat was killed in Playa del Carmen, in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on July 24. (AFP/Yuri Cortez)

Mexican journalist and media owner killed in Quintana Roo

Mexico City, July 25, 2018–Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo must undertake a swift, credible, and exhaustive investigation into the murder of journalist and media owner Rubén Pat Cauich. Pat was shot to death by an unknown attacker on July 24 in a bar in the coastal resort city of Playa del…

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