Archive for July, 2012

July 27, 2012

PEN Protests Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

By in Mexican Press, Protest

Writers from all over the world gathered in Mexico City to denounce the ongoing violence against journalists throughout the country. The event, ¡PEN Protesta!, was an expression of solidarity with Mexican writers and demanded for accountability and freedom of expression. A chair, left empty, served as an homage to those Mexican journalists who died in pursuit of the truth.

“Estamos aquí hoy en solidaridad para decir que termine la violencia. Y juntos aquí para decirle a la Norteamérica que no es mexicana, que su consumo de drogas y su tráfico de drogas y de armas son una parte importante del problema”
– John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International

“…en México decir la verdad es jugarse la vida; lo terrible es que el número (de asesinatos) aumente; hasta cuándo ejercer el periodismo será una sentencia de muerte; cuánto tiempo más debemos esperar para que las autoridades ofrezcan garantías reales que garanticen la vida y la profesión, cuánto tendrá que pasar para que México deje de ser el país más peligroso de América Latina para ejercer el periodismo”.
– Elena Poniatowska

An ad PEN published in El Universal to the writers and journalists of Mexico. The ad includes the signatures of 170 writers from all over the world.

July 26, 2012

Doc Talk: Reportero

By in Interview, Semanario Zeta

Director Bernardo Ruiz discusses Reportero on Doc Talk, a Documentary Channel original series.

July 1, 2012

Sergio Haro: “Whoever wins, this mess is not something I believe one party in particular will resolve. Mexican citizens are going to have to keep pushing.”

By in Uncategorized

The Committee to Protect Journalists’ research associate, Sara Rafsky, writes for the CPJ’s blog on Bernardo Ruiz’s film Reportero, it’s protagonists at the Mexican weekly Zeta, and the climate surrounding this Sunday’s Mexican presidential elections.

July 1, 2012

The Silenced

By in Mexican Press

On May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day, the photo exposition, “The Silenced: Fighting For Press Freedom in Mexico” opened in London at The Guardian. That same day in Veracruz, the bodies of news photographers Gabriel Huge CórdovaGuillermo Luna Varela, and former news photographer Esteban Rodríguez were found dismembered in a canal in Boca del Río. The three men became unfortunate additions to the group of Mexican journalists, “The Silenced,” who have been killed by the lethal coexistence of violence and impunity.

“The Silenced: Fighting For Press Freedom in Mexico” was organized by The Guardian in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), CAFOD, and UNESCO, and commemorates reporters in Mexico who have lost their lives in pursuit of the truth. The project, which has become an interactive website (http://fightingforpressfreedom.com/) hosted by PROEXPOSURE, includes the portraits and stories of murdered Mexican journalists.

The strong visual impact of this project transmits the human reality of press freedom in Mexico, placing faces on the numbers which are often cited in an almost scientific manner. Scrolling through what seems like the weight of a never ending page, the portrait of each murdered journalist looks back at you and stands as a testament to their experience and story.

Each story not only serves as a small act of remembrance, but also commemorates the courage and bravery demonstrated by “The Silenced,” the journalists who have lost their lives, as well as the journalists who continue to pursue the truth despite the risks.