• Glenn Wilson
    Mexico Must Protect its Journalists if it Wants to Defend its Freedom

    On August 23, Nevith Condes Jaramillo became the tenth journalist murdered in Mexico so far in 2019. Nevith was the director of a small local news site in the town of Tejupilco, a 3-hour drive from the capital and one of the areas where organized crime and violence have been unleashed in recent years.

    As a journalist, Nevith gave voice to the people of his town. He talked about the authorities’ empty promises and the lack of public services. His stories triggered tensions with the local government, but his people loved him.
    Mexico Must Protect its Journalists if it Wants to Defend its Freedom.

    The undisputed clues of the murder of Miroslava Breach
    A group of Mexican and foreign journalists working in Mexico decided to join to investigate the murder of the journalist and correspondent of "La Jornada", which occurred in 2017, who denounced the links of narcopolitics in Chihuahua, and thus prevent his crime from going unpunished.

    The last 10 years, at least 82 Mexican journalists have been killed in Mexico for reasons related to their profession. This has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. Victim of this violence was Miroslava Breach, an investigative journalist who denounced organized crime groups that control political life to consolidate their control, the so-called "narcopolitics." On March 23, 2017, Breach was murdered in cold blood outside her home and although there is a judicial investigation into her death she has left loose ends. The Collective 23 de Marzo , a group of journalists working in Mexico, in collaboration with the international organizations Forbidden Stories , Bellingcat and theLatin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) , joined together to unveil what has been investigated and what has not been done about this crime, which should not go unpunished.

    On March 23, 2017, before 6:50 in the morning, in the city of Chihuahua, journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea was waiting for her son on board his van to take him to school, when a man walked by and shot him through the windshield and the pilot's window. He fired eight shots that caused injuries to his arms, face, neck. Then, the assassin returned on the sidewalk he had arrived and fled in a car waiting for him a few blocks away.
    The undisputed clues of the murder of Miroslava Breach (sp).

    Article 19: A Journalist is Attacked Every 17 Hours in Mexico
    An assault against a journalist in Mexico is perpetrated every 17.4 hours, on the way to breaking records of reporters killed in a year, a study by the NGO Article 19 revealed on Tuesday.

    In the first 6 months of the year, the non-governmental entity has accounted for 249 attacks, including 7 murders of journalists , which leads them to conclude that "the outlook for freedom of expression is discouraging" in the country. So far in 2019 there have been 10 murders, a figure that exceeds the total of 2018, year that closed with 9.
    Article 19: A Journalist is Attacked Every 17 Hours in Mexico.

    Update Sept 9, 2019:
    The 5 Deaths Tied to the Murder of Miroslava Breach
    After the murder of Miroslava Breach, the deaths of five other people have been linked to the crime, however, the Chihuahua authorities did not thoroughly investigate them. Two young women, a pilot, a martial arts teacher and another man were killed in 2017: all these deaths were associated with the murder of the journalist Miroslava Breach.
    The 5 Deaths Tied to the Murder of Miroslava Breach.

    Miroslava Breach: The Journalist Who Would Not Be Silenced
    Before the murder, a gray Malibu car prowled the José María Mata street of the Granjas neighborhood in Ciudad Chihuahua. The security cameras installed on the street captured him six times between 21 and 22 March 2017 when he passed the two-story house marked for crime: it was the number 1609, with brown bars and a small garden in the porch. It was the house where on the 23rd in the morning the journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea was surprised and riddled with bullets on board her car, while she waited for her son to take him to school.

    One of the sisters of the journalist remembers that on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, while unloading plants they had just bought out of the trunk of Miroslava's car, her gaze met that of a man walking on the sidewalk. She felt chills. When she learned of the murder, she understood that her younger sister was under surveillance.
    Miroslava Breach: The Journalist Who Would Not Be Silenced

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