Writers at Risk Database

Lydia Cacho

Cacho faces harassment and attacks for her investigative journalism. In July 2019, two individuals broke into her home, stole equipment and research materials, and killed her dogs. Despite IACHR… More

Héctor de Mauleón

Journalist and writer de Mauleón has received constant threats for his investigations of government corruption and criminal groups. In July 2019, he received threats via email, and in January… More

Pedro Faro Navarro

Poet, lawyer, and activist Navarro received anonymous death threats, one written in blood, after carrying out investigations into allegations of torture against prisoners. He reported the threats to the… More

María Guadalupe Lizarraga Hernández

In February 2019, unknown individuals raided journalist and author Lizarraga Hernández’s home, stealing a voice recorder with journalistic information. In April 2019, she was a victim of doxing on… More

Writers at Risk Database

Marcos Hernández Bautista

Hernández, a reporter who covered the political influence of local strongmen, was shot as he climbed into his car in Oaxaca in January 2016. The alleged gunman was sentenced… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ruben Espinosa

Espinosa was shot execution-style, along with four women, in Mexico City in July 2015. A photojournalist covering violence in Veracruz, he had fled to the capitol after receiving threats.… More

Writers at Risk Database

Dina Meza

Dina Meza, an internationally renowned human rights defender, journalist, and founding member of PEN Honduras, experiences ongoing harassment and surveillance. PEN believes she is targeted for practicing free expression,… More

Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa

Padilla Figueroa, a journalist and student leader, was reportedly sentenced in 2017 to three years in prison for his participation in protests at the Honduran National Autonomous University. Though… More

Jairo López

In November 2018, López, a journalist and member of PEN Honduras, was arrested by police at his home, beaten, and threatened at gunpoint, for alleged property damage against the… More

Writers at Risk Database

Jean Mario Paul

Paul has been well-known for his stories exposing local government corruption. In the September 1991 military coup that deposed President Aristide, Paul was arrested and brutally tortured in police… More

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