Mexico’s journalists in fear after murder of reporter in ‘safe haven’ city

8/10/15 The Telegraph

800px-Camera_Zenit_122_left_viewIn a Mexico City cemetery reporter Pedro Canche looks haggard as he lays a hand-written note among yellow flowers on the grave of a young colleague.

“I owed it to him to come here because we’re in the same state of persecution,” he says, eyes scanning the empty graveyard for anyone lurking in the nearby trees.

He’s paying his respects to Ruben Espinosa, a 31-year old photojournalist murdered in Mexico City on July 31. He was killed along with four women, including an activist, in a flat in a calm middle-class neighbourhood. All the bodies showed signs of torture, some of the women had been raped, and all had execution-style shots to the head.

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Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico

8/1/15 Yahoo News

censorshipFive bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said Saturday.

The bodies were found Friday night in a home in a middle class area after a call from neighbors, said an official from the city prosecutor’s office.

Police said the victims were three women and two men. Their hands were tied with tape, and some showed signs of torture.

The identities were not released, nor was there any immediate word on what the motive of the killings might be.

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Mexican state known for gender-based violence issues emergency alert

07/30/15 The Guardian

HONDURAS-WOMEN-DISCRIMINATION-MARCHEmergency measures to tackle violence against women are to be implemented in parts of Mexico’s most densely populated state, where thousands of women and girls have been murdered and disappeared in the past decade.

A gender alert has been issued in 11 municipalities in the state of Mexico, known in Spanish as Edomex, after authorities finally conceded that systematic violence against women and girls exists in parts of the state.

Human rights groups and families of victims have been demanding a gender alert since 2010 amid growing evidence that Edomex had become the most dangerous place to be female in the country.

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Uber drivers attacked outside Mexico City airport as taxi drivers demonstrate

07/30/15 The Guardian

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, according to the company, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a “total halt” to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

Video of the demonstration showed people throwing eggs and flour inside the windows of vehicles, kicking doors and trying to rip off side mirrors. One man destroyed a sedan’s rear window with a large rock.

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Who Are The Biggest Players In Mexico City’s Media Market?

07/29/15 Forbes

tvMexico City media landscape has evolved rapidly over the last 20 years. While some critics still complain that TV giants such as Televisa and TV Azteca focus more on supporting the official government view than engaging in critical investigative journalism, gone are the days when all newspapers relied on government ad revenue and paper from a state-owned company.

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Mexico City unveils first regulation on Uber in Latin America

07/16/15 Reuters

Mexico City TaxiMexico City became the first city in Latin America to regulate Uber on Wednesday [UBER.UL], announcing rules that include a 1.5 percent ride levy, a yearly permit fee and a minimum vehicle value.

The city government said vehicles used by Uber and other services such as Cabify would have to cost at least 200,000 pesos ($12,674). That was 50,000 pesos less than in draft regulation seen by Reuters last week, but more than the company had hoped. Each Uber vehicle will also need a 1,599 peso yearly permit that will be paid by the driver.

Nevertheless, the rules did not impose a limit to the number of vehicles Uber could deploy around the city, which Mexico City had threatened to do in its preliminary proposals.

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Police: Beltran Leyva Cartel Boss Arrested in Mexico City

7/4/15 ABC News

Mexican_drug_cartels_2008One of the leaders of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel was arrested Friday in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said.

Martin Villegas Navarrete, 38, was captured without a shot being fired while celebrating his birthday in the Roma Norte district of Mexico’s capital, Mexico’s Federal Police said in its official twitter account. He allegedly used warehouses in Mexico City’s main wholesale market as cover for his drug trafficking activities.

Villegas is accused of smuggling cocaine to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. In 2011, a U.S. federal court issued an extradition request for Villegas for conspiracy and criminal association, money laundering and possessing and distributing cocaine.

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