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Mexico: Danish, Swedish and Norwegian organisations write to Mexican president about crimes against journalists

Thursday 3 March 2022 - 3:00am

It may feel like everything is standing still, while the world's eyes are aimed at Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine with thousands people killed and forced to flee. The world does not stand still. Mexico continues to hold an unfortunate record, being the world's deadliest country for journalists. According to Article 19, from 2000 to 2021 at least 145 journalists have been killed in Mexico because of their work. Since the end of 2021 another five journalists have been murdered. We, Dansk PEN, Swedish PEN and PEN Norway, along with a number of other organizations, have sent a letter to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Palacio Nacional

Presidencia de la República Mexicana

Plaza de la Constitución Ciudad de México

Center, Cuauhtémoc

06066 Mexico City, CDMX Mexico

1st. March 2022


Their excellence,

We address them with growing concern about the situation of colleagues, journalists and writers in Mexico, who are being killed almost of weekly basis.

Five journalists have been murdered alone since the turn of the year: Jose Luis Gamboa (10. January), Margarito Martinez (17. January), Lourdes Maldonado Lopez (23. January), Roberto Toledo (31. January) and latest Heber Lopez Vazquez (10). february).

It is difficult to connect these killings with Your country's proud tradition of freedom of expression, including in the fields of journalism and literature, where names such as, among many others, Juan Rulfo and Octavio Paz, are so well-known. Mexico currently holds an unfortunate record, being the world's deadliest country for journalists.

As members of PEN in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and with the support of media organizations in our respective countries, we strongly urge that these terrible killings are thoroughly investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice. We also urge the government to do its best to stop the unhealthy mechanisms that lead to threats and enable the killings, and that moving forward, journalists in Mexico are guaranteed protection.

Journalists should be able to work freely and without risking their life or health, in Mexico as well as in any other country, and in line with the international human rights treaties to which Mexico is bound by, which guarantee the right to freedom of expression.

With kind regards,

Danish PEN

Danish Journalists Association

Danish Literature Writers

Danish Writers Association

Norwegian PEN

The Norwegian Writer's Association (DnF)

Association of Authors

Norwegian Literature Writer and Translator Association (NFFO)

Norwegian Journalist Team

Norwegian Editor's Association

Swedish PEN

Sweden's Union of Writer

The Swedish Journalist Association

Reports without borders, Sweden