Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Foro Urgente: "Mexican Journalists Confront Violence against the Press"

Wed, September 13, 2017 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The assassination of Javier Valdez Cárdenas in the streets of Culiacán, Sinaloa, last May 15 is the most recent, overwhelming demonstration of the vulnerability of journalists in Mexico. The killing sent journalists and Mexican society a strong message: Do not investigate corruption and criminal activity. Valdez was a well-known journalist with a national and an international reputation, and his death opened a new chapter in the dangerous situation faced by Mexican journalists today. Thirty-five journalists have been killed during the period of Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency (which began December 1, 2012), making Mexico the third deadliest country in the world to be a professional journalist, after Syria and Afghanistan. This number does not include disappearances, physical and psychological threats, or attacks against media workplaces.

In response to the extreme vulnerability of Mexican journalists and its implications for Mexican democracy, the LLILAS Benson Mexico Center and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas present a Foro Urgente to explore this crisis. Join us as three distinguished guest panelists discuss the current reality facing Mexican journalists and share their thoughts about the measures that the Mexican state should take to change it.

Panelists include Alfredo Corchado, Dallas Morning News correspondent in Mexico City; Daniela Pastrana, director, Periodistas de a Pie; Alejandro Siqueiros, founder, Riodoce weekly, freelance journalist from Culiacán.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Foro Urgente: Mexican Journalists.

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