Founder of a Mexican news magazine shot dead
Police are hunting for the killer of Aurelio Cabrera Campos, the eighth journalist murdered in Mexico this year. The founder and editorial director of a weekly news magazine was shot several times while driving near a city in the state of Puebla, and died the following day in hospital.

Threats against journalists in the Philippines denounced
International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalize the perpetrators.

Journalist, Kremlin critic flees Russia following threats
Aleksandr Sotnik, known for his anti-Kremlin stance, has left Russia, saying he feared for his life. In a YouTube video, he said he had received threats in a telephone call and that he would temporarily stay in Georgia, from where he plans to continue his online video channel.

Absconder in Indian journalist murder case surrenders
Mohd Kaif, who was absconding in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case, surrendered before a court in Siwan on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody for two weeks.

Allister Sparks, dauntless South African journalist, dies at 83
The South African journalist who helped expose the brutality of the apartheid system during decades as one of his country’s most prominent—and dauntless—journalists and authors, died Sept. 19 at a clinic in Johannesburg. He was 83.

The BBC journalist assassinated with a poison-tipped umbrella
In September 1978, Georgi Markov was on his way to work at the BBC, when he was jabbed in the back of the leg by a mysterious man wielding an umbrella, who then ran away.


PEN’s Free Expression Digest brings you a daily curated round-up of the most important free expression-related stories from around the web. Please send your feedback and suggestions to