Concern and outrage at continued violent attacks against journalists in Mexico

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

To Mexican public opinion:

Professors and researchers in Mexico and abroad who form part of the Worlds of Journalism Study express our concern and outrage at continued violent attacks against journalists in the country, including the murders of Lourdes Maldonado López, Alfonso Margarito Martínez and José Luis Gamboa Arenas during the month of January in the states of Baja California and Veracruz.

Violence against journalists, in addition to attacking and silencing people who practice this profession, violates freedom of expression and citizens’ right to information: it is violence that progressively consolidates zones of silence in which people who practice journalism, at the risk of being harmed, cannot communicate about the problems of their community, thus canceling the right of citizens to be informed and act accordingly. All this brings with it profound risks for the democratic life of our country.

Given the above, we call on the authorities to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection of journalists in Mexico —including improving the operational and budget deficiencies of the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists—, and to launch transparent and impartial investigations to put a stop to the prevailing impunity in cases of crimes against journalists.

The Worlds of Journalism Study project brings together researchers from 120 countries interested in collecting and analyzing information that makes it possible to understand the working, professional and security conditions under which journalism is practiced globally. The members of the Mexico section of this research network express our solidarity and support for all the people who are dedicated to journalism in our country.

Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) Mexico and allies.

  • Dr. Carlos Arcila, Universidad de Salamanca. Equipo WJS Venezuela.
  • Dr. Jesús Arroyave, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. Equipo WJS Colombia.
  • Dra. Julieta Alejandra Brambila Ramírez, Universidad de las Américas Puebla
  • Mtra. Josefina Buxadé Castelán, Universidad de las Américas Puebla
  • Dra. Mariana de Maio, Universidad de Lehigh. Equipo WJS Paraguay.
  • Dra. Celia Del Palacio Montiel, Observatorio sobre Libertad de Expresión y Violencia contra Periodistas, Universidad de Guadalajara.
  • Dr. Martín Echeverría, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Dr. Miguel Garces. Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar. Equipo WJS Colombia.
  • Dr. Rubén A. González, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Dra. Celeste González de Bustamante, Universidad de Arizona
  • Dr. Armando Gutiérrez Ortega, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
  • Dra. Summer Harlow, University of Houston. Equipo WJS: El Salvador y Guatemala.
  • Dra. Sallie Hughes, Universidad de Miami
  • Dr. José Luis Lemini Camarillo, Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Dra. Mireya Márquez Ramírez, Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Dr. Dasniel Olivera Pérez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Dr. Martín Oller Alonso, Università degli Studi di Milano. Equipo WJS Ecuador.
  • Dra. Frida V. Rodelo, Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Dra. Grisel Salazar, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
  • Dr. Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University
  • Dra. Yennué Zárate Valderrama, Universidad Iberoamericana

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