After Brutal Murder Of Photojournalist, Mexico City No Longer A Safe Haven For Reporters

8/18/2015 Forbes

journalismMexico City, the nation’s capital, was long considered a safe haven for journalists compared with the rest of Mexico. However, it is no longer safe. This became clear after Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa, who fled the coastal state of Veracruz after receiving threats, was murdered in Mexico City  on July 31.

Veracruz is a particularly dangerous state. At least 11 journalists have been killed and three have disappeared there in the past four years since ruling PRI party’s Javier Duarte became the governor of Veracruz, which tops the list of Mexican states with most reporters murdered.

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500 writers sign letter to Mexico’s president over journalists’ murders

8/18/2015 The Guardian

journalismMore than 500 writers, journalists and artists from around the world have signed a letter to Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, calling on him to stop the violence against journalists in his country.

The signatories from more than 40 countries include Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Gael García Bernal, Noam Chomsky, John Coetzee, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Auster, Alan Rusbridger, Gavin MacFadyen, Arianna Huffington, Christiane Amanpour and Jo Glanville, the director of English PEN.

The letter, posted on the website of the US chapter of PEN International and backed by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), expresses indignation about the deadly attacks on Mexican reporters.

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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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Another death in Mexico: Man who led search for the missing

08/10/15 Los Angeles Times

acapulcoThe leader of a civilian group that has spent the last 10 months searching for bodies of 43 missing students and others in the hills of Mexico’s Guerrero state was found shot to death in his taxi, authorities said.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, 45, was killed early Saturday night on the outskirts of Xaltianguis, the town where he lived that is about an hour’s drive from the resort town of Acapulco. His body was found slumped in the driver’s seat of the taxi he owned, a gunshot wound in his head.

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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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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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‘El Chapo’ Guzman will be Mexican President Pena Nieto’s legacy

7/20/15 BBC News

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters
Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

It was either anger or laughter. But it was humour that won out, at least for the first 24 hours.

Pretty soon, fake selfies appeared on social media showing El Chapo outside Trump Tower smiling. A dig, of course, at businessman Donald Trump who outraged Mexicans recently when he said those who came to the US were “bringing drugs, bringing crime, they’re rapists”.

Sarcasm and dark humour are what seem to be getting Mexicans through these difficult times.

And these times are excruciating for President Enrique Pena Nieto too.

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