Mexican journalists gather around pictures of colleagues who have been murdered as they protest the recent killings of photojournalist Margarito Martinez and journalist Lourdes Maldonado, in Veracruz, Mexico January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Yahir Ceballos - RC2P6S9K3FXH

Vigils across Mexico: Three journalists killed in two weeks

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After the disturbing killings of three Mexican journalists in less than two weeks, journalists in nearly 40 locations around Mexico took to the streets Tuesday night to demand the federal government do more to ensure security for reporters under threat and to end impunity in cases of murdered journalists.

The three Mexican journalists killed this month, Lourdes Maldonado López and Alfonso Margarito Martínez Esquivel, both shot dead in Tijuana this week, and José Luis Gamboa, who was stabbed to death in Veracruz earlier this month, underscore the country’s position as one of the world’s deadliest for media workers.

“The ongoing brutality against the journalists in this country is a direct consequence of the authorities’ unwillingness and inability to combat the festering impunity that fuels these killings,” said Jan-Albert Hootsen, CPJ’s Mexico representative.Watch CPJ’s latest video documenting some of the powerful images from the protests this week and learn more about what is at stake in Mexico.

Global press freedom updates

  • Pakistani journalist Hasnain Shah shot and killed outside Lahore Press Club
  • Kazakhstan authorities question and jail journalists in protest aftermath. Also, Kazakh authorities detain five suspects in attack on journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov. A local journalist covering the country’s mass protests told Nick Lewis, CPJ’s Central Asia correspondent, that “nothing like this ever happened here before.”
  • Queer Iranian journalist Maryam Abasian spoke to CPJ about how authorities questioned her sexuality and reporting, and her subsequent decision to flee the country
  • Myanmar junta arrests three employees of Dawei Watch news website
  • Soldiers briefly hold two journalists reporting on run-up to Burkina Faso coup
  • Turkish journalist Sedef Kabaş arrested for ‘insulting’ President Erdoğan
  • Kyrgyzstan journalist Bolot Temirov says police planted drugs on him during raid
  • CPJ monitoring Yemen ‘with concern’ after Saudi airstrikes kill dozens and shut down internet
  • Greek journalists summoned over criminal investigation into corruption reporting
  • Cape Verde journalist Hermínio Silves summoned over reporting on alleged police abuses
  • CPJ cautiously welcomes UK court decision on Assange, says U.S. must drop charges


Image courtesy of A Safer World for the Truth

A new investigation by A Safer World For The Truth into the attack on Central African Republic journalist Elisabeth Blanche Olofio reveals how local journalists who report in conflict zones are vulnerable to brutal and sometimes lethal violence, and how such attacks are rarely investigated.

“Telling the Story: Remembering Elisabeth Blanche Olofio” is the third in a series of investigations as part of the A Safer World For The Truth, a project lead by CPJ, Free Press Unlimited and Reporters Without Borders. The project investigates cold cases of journalists killed globally and holds governments accountable through the People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists.

Read the most recent report here.

CPJ’s Emergencies Director Lucy Westcott will join a panel discussion on February 2, called “Center for Media at Risk roundtable: The Taliban takeover and the future of Afghan media,” which will discuss efforts to support journalists in the country following the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops in August, and what comes next. RSVP here.

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