The Mexican Center of LLILAS presents

Periodismo y violencia en México, 2005-2010: Los años del miedo

In certain parts of Mexico, journalism is a dying career. The cause of this is not a slowing sale of papers, but a rising number of bodies. In the past six years the Mexican drug war has claimed over 30,000 lives, yet the press cannot comment without fear of retribution. Mexican journalist and author Jacinto Rodríguez and journalist rights activist Darío Ramírez will speak on the current situation of the press in Mexico.

Jacinto Rodríguez is the Tinker Visiting Professor for Spring 2011 at LLILAS, UT Austin. A practicing journalist who has gained a national reputation for his writing on Mexican politics and the press, he currently works as coordinator of the program Prensa y Democracia at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he lectures on journalist rights, the press and politics in Mexico, and the role of Mexican intelligence in Mexico’s dirty war of the 1960s and 1970s.

Darío Ramírez is Director of Mexico and Central America for ARTICLE 19, a human rights organization that promotes freedom of expression and information worldwide. Ramírez's experience ranges from international human rights law, public international law, and media law and journalism, to refugees and women's rights. Before joining ARTICLE 19, Ramírez served as Deputy Director General for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.

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