Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Additionally, a mix of other restrictions in the country serve to limit free expression in both the traditional and social media spheres. Since 2000, dozens of journalists have been murdered and at least another 15 have disappeared. Few of these crimes have been properly investigated and fewer still have been adequately prosecuted. PEN America published an open letter, signed by over 700 writers and cultural figures, calling on President Nieto to investigate these murders and establish mechanisms to protect journalists’ lives. The letter inspired an Avaaz campaign that has amassed over 750,000 signatures. Despite mounting domestic and international pressure—which helped secure a law federalizing crimes against media workers—the killings have continued. PEN America is committed to ending this “censorship by bullet” and restoring the right of all Mexicans to a free and open exchange of information and ideas. PEN continues to take action to end the impunity for crimes against journalists in Mexico and ensure access to a diversity of news and opinion.
MEXICO: Authorities Must Act Urgently To Ensure Safety Of Abducted Reporter
The abduction of journalist and director of 6TV Salvador Adame Pardo on May 18 is another grave example of the escalating dangers facing Mexican journalists in recent weeks and… More
Mexican Journalists Face Rising Danger After Sharp Increase in Killings
After a spate of recent killings, a major Mexican newspaper shuts down, as journalists in Mexico face growing threats and little support or protection from the government. More
Mexico: Veracruz journalist threatened for book on state governor; fears for safety
PEN is seriously concerned for the safety of Noé Zavaleta, Veracruz state correspondent for the national newsweekly Proceso, who has been subject to intimidation, threats and a smear campaign… More