Freedom of Expression in Mexico
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 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 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.
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
April Featured Cases: Mexico’s Free Expression Crisis
This month’s featured cases are three reporters whose stories are emblematic of the dire situation for free expression in Mexico. All three were killed for their outspoken criticism of… More
President Peña Nieto: Investigate the Murders of Journalists in Mexico and Establish Mechanisms to Protect their Lives
Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and Sandra Cisneros join Alma Guillermoprieto and more than 400 others writers in calling on President Nieto to investigate the brutal murders of journalists, like… More