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 »