What I learned reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

 

07/26/2016 Cronkite News Arizona PBS

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Editor’s Note: Recently, a group of Cronkite News reporters travelled along the U.S.-Mexico border to work on stories about the results of a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll. Mauricio Casillas, a recent graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, was one of the reporters who contributed to our coverage. Here, he reflects on his experience as a Borderlands reporter.

Reporting on the border is unlike any other reporting I had ever done. The people, the culture, the issues — they are all unique. For instance, issues that people on the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border face are not the same as those on the San Diego/Tijuana border. That’s why I think this kind of reporting is so important. Too often, we as journalists like to paint the entire border region with the same brush.

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ASU professor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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06/10/2016 Arizona State University

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Alfredo Corchado, a Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is receiving one of the highest honors from the region’s leading Latino journalism organization.

The California Chicano News Media Association is presenting Corchado with a Career Achievement Award for his 30-plus year career covering the border for news organizations such as The Dallas Morning News and his best-selling book “Midnight in Mexico.”

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KIDNAPPED JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD IN CENTRAL MEXICO

1/9/2015 Newsweek
censorshipMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist kidnapped in the violent state of Veracruz on was found dead on Tuesday, the prosecutors’ office in neighboring Puebla state said, the latest victim of a wave of attacks on reporters in the country.

Anabel Flores had been violently dragged from her home in Veracruz early on Monday morning by a group of armed men.

The attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it had asked the Defence Ministry if military officials entered her home, and if so, that they say who issued the warrant.

Her body was found on a highway in Puebla and later identified by her family, Veracruz prosecutors said.

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News Photographer Found Slain In Mexico City

08/03/15 Huffington Post

800px-Camera_Zenit_122_left_viewMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.

Investigators are following protocols for crimes against journalists and crimes against women, as well as looking at robbery as a possible motive, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said in news conference.

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Attacks on Press Rose Under Mexican President Peña Nieto: Report

Latin Dispatch, 3/25/2015

censorshipAttacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s predecessor Felipe Calderón. Six journalists were murdered in 2014.

Nearly half of those threats, according to the report, came from government officials.

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Journalism is the Frontline, A Special Episode to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crime Against Journalists

11/01/14 Aljazeera

journalismIn this special edition of the Listening Post we mark the first ever UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. It is an event organised by dozens of media freedom and civil liberties groups who are out to stop the persecution, abduction and – in too many cases – the killing of journalists, at the hands of people who are seldom, if ever, prosecuted for their crimes, let alone convicted.

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Mexican authorities extend protection to journalist

08/07/14 Fox News Latino

policemanPolice in Mexico have extended protection to a journalist whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot last week in an attack on the family’s home.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued a statement earlier this week calling on Mexican authorities to protect Indalecio Benitez, director of La Calentana Mexiquense, a community radio station in the central state of Mexico.

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