On Thursday, February 7th, 2013, journalist Sergio Haro presented his book “No Se Olviden de Nosotros” or “Don’t Forget About Us”, which gathers select reporting from his nearly 30 years of reporting on the California-Mexico border. Presented at the art space Mexicali Rose, Haro, reflected on his decades-long career and the need to focus on stories that are neglected by bigger news outlets.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is helping to launch Speak Justice: Voices against Impunity, a digital campaign to fight impunity from the ground up. Check out their recently posted trailer here, and find out more about impunity and how it affects your life. To sign up for updates, click here.
As Part of Ambulante‘s Border Series, Article 19‘s “Forced Silence”/”Silencio Forzado”, a powerful documentary short, screened before Reportero at the Institute of the Americas on September 8th, 2012. The documentary collects the perspectives of an impressive array of Mexico’s journalists, including reporters working in regions hardest hit by attacks against the press. Included in the film are interviews with Reportero’s Adela Navarro Bello, Co-Editor of Tijuana-based Semanario Zeta and journalist Sergio Haro Cordero. The short collects 50 hours of interviews with 60 journalists across 13 cities. More than a comprehensive survey, it is a powerful indictment of Mexico’s culture of impunity.
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.
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.
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 Córdova, Guillermo 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.