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Mexican Journalists Protest Violence Against Media Workers

HeadlineMay 17, 2017

In Mexico, hundreds of journalists protested outside the Interior Ministry Tuesday to demand an end to the violence against reporters and media workers.The protest was held only hours after the funeral of award-winning journalist Javier Valdez, who was killed by gunmen Monday. Another journalist, Sonia Córdova, was also shot and wounded Monday in a separate attack that left her son dead. On Tuesday, multiple Mexican digital media outlets also went on a 24-hour strike, refusing to publish anything but a black banner with information about assassinated journalists. This is award-winning journalist Carmen Aristegui speaking at the protest in Mexico City.

Carmen Aristegui: “For us, Valdez has been converted into an emblematic case. The death of Javier Valdez should imply deep things for us. Javier Valdez and all the others who have lost their lives on this path should be a driving force for us. No to the silence. No to the self-censorship. No to the fear. Here, we all have courage to keep informing, keep reporting, keep investigating, keep denouncing, keep sharing opinions and speak out, speak out, speak out.”

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