• Adolfo Lagos Espinosa

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Adolfo Lagos Espinosa was on a bicycle tour in the State of Mexico on November 20, 2017. He was followed by two bodyguards in an SUV. Two armed men came out of the bushes. One of the bodyguards fired a 9 mm. pistol at the assailants, and hit Lagos Espinosa instead. He was taken to a hospital in the town of Coacalco, State of Mexico, and died there.

    Lagos Espinosa was the Vice-President of Telecommunications for Televisa, and the CEO of the cable provider Izzi Telecom. Televisa is big; they are the largest mass media company in the Spanish-speaking world. They are a partner of Univision in the US. They have historic ties to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has condemned the murder. Continue Reading »

  • PEN International commemorates murdered journalists on the Day of the Dead

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    San Miguel PEN Day of the Dead Altar

    The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is an annual celebration that began in pre-Columbian central Mexico, but has spread to the rest of Latin American and areas of the US and Canada where there are concentrations of Mexican emigrants. The celebrations are often family get-togethers at cemeteries, where departed family members and friends are honored with “altars” decorated with pictures of the deceased, as well as offerings, such as sugar skulls and glasses of tequila.

    This year, PEN International, and organization in support of freedom of expression that has been around since 1921, decided to make the Day of the Dead an occasion to remember journalists who have been murdered throughout Latin America. They organized events in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Chile, and Argentina.

    Here are accounts of five of them:

    San Miguel PEN Day of the Dead Altar

    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: A large altar was constructed in the Jardin by Lauren Leonardi, Ernesto Espinoza Lopez, and José Juárez Montiel. It featured pictures of all 15 Mexican journalists that have been murdered this year. Included in this were two journalists previously documented on Daily Kos, newspaper correspondent Miroslava Breach Velducea and author Javier Valdez Cárdenas. Both of them worked for the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada. Judith Hill, President of the San Miguel Center, composed a poem for the occasion, which appears below. Slide show Continue Reading »

  • Aline Davidoff 1957-2017

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    The legacy that Aline left this organization is profound and invaluable. Thank you, Aline, for the generosity and dedication you used to lead this fight for one of the most important freedoms for human beings, freedom of expression. You fought for our rights every minute of your life.

    Aline Davidoff (1957-2017) was President of PEN Mexico from 2013 to 2015. She studied literature in the New School in New York. Among her books are the novel El sueño correcto, and a book of short stories, Sólo un cerro. Her poems and prose have appeared in various anthologies like Memoria poética de la Alhambra. Aline also worked for theater and movies.

    We offer our condolences to her friends and family; we hope they will all find solace soon. We offer as well our thanks, our love and our very good memories.
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  • Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro was abducted from his home in San Luis Potosí at 8:30 AM on October 5, 2017, by men dressed as police officers. His corpse was found the next day near the San Luis Potosí airport, and he had been tied up and tortured.

    Esqueda Castro was a photographer who covered crime and society and contributed to the local news sites Metropoli San Luis and Vox Populi San Luis. Continue Reading »

  • Luis Alejandro Gómez Palma

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Luis Alejandro Gómez Palma was taken from his home in Coatzacoalcos, VER, by a group of strangers at 1 PM on September 13, 2017. He was beaten up, but managed to escape from his captors six hours later in a nearby town.

    Gómez is currently a social media reporter, and worked for Olmeca TV until recently. He was part of litigation against Olmeca TV, and was fired with some other reporters because they were unwilling to accept a settlement.

    Spanish-language story from Diario de Mexico: Periodista secuestrado en Veracruz logra escapar de sus captores

  • Mardonio Carballo

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    The office and home of journalist, poet, and indigenous rights advocate Mardonio Carballo was raided on September 5, 2017. The intruders cut a telephone cable in three pieces.

    Carballo was recently an elected member of the Mexico City Constituent Assembly, but resigned because he believed that this assembly was discriminating against indigenous people. in 2014, he initiated a successful suit against a Federal law that banned the use of indigenous languages in the mass media. He is the author of the book Las Plumas de la Serpiente. Continue Reading »

  • Juan Carlos Hernández Ríos

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Juan Carlos Hernández Ríos was murdered as he left his home in Yuriria, GTO, by two men dressed in black and carrying large-caliber weapons.

    Hernández Ríos was a photographer and editorial assistant for the on-line publication La Bandera Noticias, and supplemented his income by driving a taxi. La Bandera Noticias had stepped up its coverage of corruption in the municipal government and police in Yuriria. Hernández Rios had very recently published the security video of a shootout in Apaseo el Alto that killed seven, including four police. Continue Reading »

  • Cándido Ríos Vásquez

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Cándido Ríos Vásquez was murdered in Hueyapan de Ocampo, VER, on August 21, 2017. Víctor Acrelio Alegría, a former police inspector, and his escort were also killed in the attack, which took place at a gas station on Highway 180.

    Ríos Vásquez was under the protection of the Mexican government’s Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists program, the result of an attack on him by the then-mayor of Hueyapan de Ocampo in 2012. Complaints by him were under investigation by the Veracruz Attorney General’s office. Continue Reading »

  • Luciano Rivera Salgado

    Mexico´s Endangered Journalists

    Luciano Rivera was murdered on July 31, 2017, in a bar in Playas de Rosarito, BC. He was killed by gun fire after entering the washroom. According to witnesses, he was attacked after he defended a woman who was harassed by the alleged killers. Rivera had some past history with these alleged killers.

    Rivera was a news anchor for CNR Noticias Canal 54, and an editor of Dictamen, which publishes news about Rosarito and Tijuana.

    Story from the LA Times: Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico — the eighth killed this year

    Spanish-language story from La Jornada Baja California: Asesinan a un periodista en Playas de Rosarito

    Spanish-language story from El Sol de Mexico: Asesinan al periodista Luciano Rivera en Rosarito

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