WAN-IFRA has this week published a report called “a death threat to freedom”, which looks at “violence against Mexico’s press”.
The report was published on Tuesday (4 September), a day after the organisation’s World Editors Forum presented the Golden Pen of Freedom to Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez.
The report calls on the government to “take urgent action to guarantee the safety of journalists and media professionals”.
Receiving her award yesterday, Hernandez urged the international community to not “just stand and watch”.
“I do not want to be another number on the list,” she said. “I do not want to be another dead journalist, I want to be one of those who fought to live and who survives.”
I dedicate and symbolically award this prize to all the Mexican journalists whose voices have been silenced by death, forced disappearance or censorship.
I also dedicate it to all those Mexican journalists who daily continue to set an example in their duty to inform and denounce at whatever cost.