• Nicanor Garrido

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    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.

    Garrido is a photographer for El Heraldo de Leon; his beat is San Francisco del Rincón. Continue Reading »

  • Adolfo Lagos Espinosa

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    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 »

  • Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • José Maldonado Sotelo

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    José Maldonado Sotelo is the Director of the online news portal Noventa Grados, based in Morelia. On July 21, 2017, he received an email containing the words, “Not one more note, dear José, otherwise this will be the last, we assure you.” The email was full of threats against Maldonado, and demands that Noventa Grados cease publication and research on the activities of senior officials of the office of the Attorney General of the State of Michoacán.

    Noventa Grados has a history of receiving threats of this nature.

    Spanish-language story from Noventa Grados: Amenazan de muerte al Director de la Agencia Noventa Grados por publicaciones contra la PGJE de Michoacán

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