• Javier Enrique Rodríguez

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Javier Enrique Rodríguez was murdered by two gunmen on one of Cancún’s main avenues on the afternoon of August 29, 2018. An artisan he was interviewing at the time was also murdered.

    Enrique Rodríguez was a camera man and reporter for Channel 10 news in Cancún; his peers called him “Winnie Pooh”. Continue Reading »

  • Rodolfo García González

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Rodolfo “El Nonis” García González was shot and killed while mounting his motorcycle in Valle de Santiago, GTO, at 6 PM on August 5, 2018.

    García González was a photographer and collaborator with local media, including Semanario Dia 7 and Nuevo Milenio. One of his topics was disappearances of women. The motive for his murder is unknown.

    García González’ Facebook page

    Spanish-language story from Publimetro: Asesinan de varios disparos a periodista en Guanajuato

    Spanish-language story from Periodico Correo: Asesinan a fotógrafo en Valle de Santiago

  • Luis Pérez García

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    Luis Pérez García was killed by a blow to the head in his home in the Iztapalapa Delegation of Mexico City, on July 23, 2018. The killers then set fire to the house. Pérez García was 80 years old.

    Pérez García was the editor of the magazine Encuesta de Hoy for over 30 years. He was active in Mexico’s National Association of Broadcasters.

    Spanish-language story by Teodoro Raúl Rentería Villa in Zócalo: Asesinan al colega, Luis Pérez García

    Spanish-language story in Proceso: Asesinan en Iztapalapa al periodista y locutor Luis Pérez García; el gremio exige justicia

  • Oliver Coronado Paz

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    Oliver Coronado Paz was waiting to catch a bus in Orizaba, VER, at around 11:30 AM on July 3, 2018. He was also taking pictures of a nearby gym with his cell phone. A police officer stopped and questioned him.

    Two days later, at the same time and place, three police officers stopped, and he was questioned again. Apparently they had a problem with his picture taking.

    He was taken to the police headquarters and interrogated. They threatened him with torture and death, but let him go at 1:15 PM.

    Coronado is a Professor at the University of Veracruz. He writes a blog, Portal 7, and is a human rights activist. His Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oliver.coronado.9
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  • José Guadalupe Chan Dzib

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    José Guadalupe Chan Dzib was shot to death in a bar in Playa de Carmen, QR, just after 10 PM on June 29.

    Chan Dzib had received threats in recent weeks. He reported them to the authorities and requested protective measures for him and his family, but whether any protective measures were taken is unknown.

    Chan Dzib was a correspondent for several print media, and he was a police reporter for the digital media Playa News. Continue Reading »

  • Advocating for Journalists in Dangerous Climate for Free Expression

    News and Commentary

    An interview with Tony Cohan, chair of PEN San Miguel’s Freedom to Write Committee.

    What is a project that you have been working on in recent months?

    Personally, I have been finishing a novel, my tenth book. I turned in the final draft a few weeks ago.

    The Writers in Prison Committee, which I am the chair of, has been working on Rapid Actions. The committee responds to the challenges and issues elaborated by PEN International. A particular case we’ve been working on is that of a journalist from Acapulco who was threatened with death. He crossed the border into the United States to try and seek asylum, assuming he would be treated decently. Instead he was chained, imprisoned, and put in a camp with rats and roaches. It was the most horrible experience for him. As a Mexican branch with roots in the United States, we tried to advocate on his behalf and to speak to human rights groups and political authorities. The decision was made that he should be returned to Mexico. Just last week he came back to Mexico, but where can he go? Continue Reading »

  • Gabriela Soto

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    On June 4, 2018, Gabriela Soto was the target of a misogynist campaign via WhatsApp. Messages containing attacks and distortions about Sra. Soto’s personal life were sent, mainly to journalists and other communications people.

    Gabriela Soto writes for Noroeste, a Culiacán newspaper, and has a good reputation for investigative journalism. A week earlier, she wrote a series of articles about the candidates for Senator for Sinaloa. The articles contained some information about these candidates that was less than flattering, and it’s a commonly held belief that the WhatsApp attack was prompted by Soto getting too close to the truth in these as well as some earlier articles. Continue Reading »

  • Day of Freedom of Expression, June 7, 2018

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    Manuel Buendía Tellezgirón

    A statement from PEN Mexico, endorsed by PEN Guadalajara and PEN San Miguel. Haga clic aquí para ver el original en español.

    We have arrived at June 7th, the Day of Freedom of Expression, apparently forgetting the anniversary of the death of Manuel Buendía, “the first journalist assassinated by the narcopolitica”, a phrase borrowed from the post-mortem title of Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa’s book on Buendía. This year only three journalists were present on the 30th of May to commemorate the thirty-fourth anniversary of Buendía’s death at the Plaza Zarco on Avenue Reforma, dedicated to freedom of expression, and situated a few steps from the Caballito de Sebastián. This happened, most likely, because of discouragement at the lack of response of the authorities, or because our hard-working journalists have been busy burying one dead colleague after another; or organizing protests in spite of recent threats this week, such as those that have been published against Raymundo Campos de Sabinas in Coahuila; or combating campaigns of defamation like the one launched, via WhatsApp, against Gabriele Soto of Culiacan. PEN has been organizing support groups and public protests against murders such as the assassination of Héctor González in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, on the 28th of May, or the killing of the photographer María del Sol Cruz Jarquín in Juchitán, Oaxaca on June 3rd. Continue Reading »

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