PEN Lecture for 23 January 2018:
Carlos Domínguez was murdered while driving his car in Nuevo Laredo, TM on the afternoon of January 13, 2018.
Domínguez was a teacher of journalism and an independent political columnist. He had earlier worked for El Diario de Nuevo Laredo.
Spanish-language story at Animal Politico: Asesinan en Tamaulipas al periodista independiente Carlos Domínguez
Bernardino Hernández was severely beaten by Guerrero State Police in La Concepción, GR on January 7, 2018, and his cameras and memory sticks were stolen.
At the time, he was covering violent clashes between police and soldiers and members of an autodefensa force. Athough he identified himself as a journalist, the policemen shouted that they didn’t care who he works for and that they “would make him disappear” if he continued to take pictures.
José Gerardo Martínez was killed by two gunmen between 7 and 8 AM on January 6, 2018, in the Ajusto neighborhood of Coyoacán, Mexico City. He had been to a street market to buy gifts for Three Kings Day.
Gerardo was a highly regarded editor for El Universal.
Story from Borderland Beat: Journalist José Gerardo Martínez murdered in a street market in Coyoacán, Mexico City
Spanish-language story from El Universal: José Martínez, vida eclipsada del periodista de EL UNIVERSAL
On December 23, 2017, at approximately 2 PM, Antonio Julián Chepe was traveling on the Acapulco-Pinotepa highway. He was intercepted by two trucks containing armed individuals. He was then tortured, assaulted and left tied and naked.
On January 2, 2018, He was kidnapped and his personal belongings were stolen. He was supposedly under the protection of the Ministry of the Interior at the time.
Julián Chepe is the Director of Diario Alternativo, of Acapulco.
Spanish-language story by Bernardo Torres in SDP Noticias: Levantan, golpean y asaltan al periodista Antonio Julián Chepe
Spanish-language story in Proceso: PEN México lamenta “actos ominosos” contra periodistas
On December 25, 2017 at 4 AM, some unknown persons sprayed gasoline on the door of the house of Jaime Méndez Pérez in San Agustín de las Juntas, OA, and set fire to it. This was not attributed to Christmas celebrations.
Méndez Pérez is the director of Agencia JM Noticias, based in Oaxaca. In 2011, he was acquitted of defamation in a suit brought by the former legal director of the State of Oaxaca.
Spanish-language story from Agencia JM: Incendian puerta del domicilio del periodista JM
Mexico: deadly cycle of violence continues as tenth print journalist is gunned down at son’s school
20 December 2017 – The Mexican authorities should carry out a prompt and thorough investigation into the murder of Gumaro Pérez Aguilando, a reporter for La Voz del Sur, killed on 19 December, in Acayucan, Veracruz, said PEN International, PEN México and PEN San Miguel de Allende. Pérez Aguilando’s death marks the tenth murder of a writer or print journalist in Mexico this year, the third in Veracruz state.
Gumaro Pérez Aguilando, aged 34, a journalist for the last 15 years, began his career at Diario Acayucan, where he covered the police beat. He also wrote for El Mañanero de Olutla, Liberal del Sur and Diario de Minatitlán, and worked for a radio station in Coatzacoalcos. He was part of the Office of Social Communication of the municipality of Acayucan and founded the newspaper La Voz del Sur, which recently began to publish online. Continue Reading »
Gumaro Pérez Aguilando was attending his son’s school Christmas pageant on December 19, 2017 in Acayucan, VE, when two gunmen burst into the building and killed him in front of a classroom full of schoolchildren.
Pérez Aguilando was a reporter who contributed to regional publications such as El Mañanero (Oluta), Liberal del Sur and Diario de Minatitlán, as well as a local radio station in Coatzacoalcos. Continue Reading »
The PEN International Women’s Manifesto was adopted unanimously at the 82nd PEN World Congress in Lviv, Ukraine in September 2017.
Excerpts: “For many women in the world – and for almost all women until relatively recently – the first, and the last and perhaps the most powerful frontier was the door of the house she lived in: her parents’ or her husband’s home. For women to have free speech, the right to read, the right to write, they need to have the right to roam physically, socially and intellectually. There are few social systems that do not regard with hostility a woman who walks by herself.”
“PEN believes that violence against women, in all its many forms, both within the walls of a home or in the public sphere, creates dangerous forms of censorship.”
On November 24, 2017, at 5 PM, Nicanor Garrido was attacked by two men who tossed molotov cocktails, causing fires in his van and his house in León, GTO.
Garrido has been attacked earlier, on September 30, while covering a crime scene; the attackers broke his camera equipment.