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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens

The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.

Of the roughly 15 or so who fled to other countries in recent years, a majority have sought refuge in the United States, according to press freedom advocates.

Though a few won asylum during the Obama administration, denials or prolonged detention have been the norm under President Trump. 

One of those journalists is Emilio Gutierrez Soto, 54 (photo above).

Last year, Gutierrez was honored in Washington with the National Press Club’s prestigious Press Freedom Award. Shortly after, Gutierrez and his son were detained. His asylum denial has provoked outrage among many U.S. journalists and migrant advocates, who have organized protests outside the detention center where he and his son are being held.

Deep inside a labyrinth of cold concrete corridors, Gutierrez can’t hear the protests. He rarely sees the sun. He wishes he had chosen another career. Farming, maybe. Or masonry, like his father. Every week in detention, he says, he feels a little less alive.

“I feel like I’m another dead journalist,” he said.

Click on the photo above to read the entire story.


Now for some good news.

For our beautiful story about Carnival in Haiti, click on the photo above.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the story for the gorgeous slideshow. And click HERE for our story about brave LGBT activists in Haiti.

Last, but not least, our journalism students have just arrived in Morocco (and in South Africa).

Click on the photo of the Moroccan students (above) for more about our new Academic Director in Morocco, the amazing Ursula Lindsey.

With warm regards,

Mary

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