Mexico: Stop attacks on freedom of expression!
To: Rodolfo Ríos Garza, Attorney General for Mexico City, Ricardo Nájera, Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto:
We demand a full and independent investigation into the murders of the journalist Rubén Espinosa, human rights activist Nadia Vera, and three other women in Mexico City. The governor of Veracruz State, Javier Duarte, should be investigated thoroughly and without delay. We also urge an immediate review of the procedures established to protect reporters’ lives, and to make a swift commitment to guarantee and protect freedom of expression in Mexico!
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Freedom of expression is under attack in one of Latin America's oldest democracies, and Rubén is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Almost none of these crimes have been solved.
But this case has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Now Gael García Bernal, Salman Rushdie, Christiane Amanpour and hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico murdered for doing their jobs.
The letter is already making waves with the government, but if we add over a million more names, and get it published on the front page of Mexican media, we can drive it home and show that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico. Add your voice now!