Stories That Survive

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Mexico is the number one country in the world for murders of journalists. In 2023 alone, nine journalists have been murdered and one has disappeared. Contrary to common belief, behind the aggressions against journalists is not only organized crime; in fact, most of these crimes are perpetrated by public servants.

When a journalist is murdered or disappears, attempts are made to divert attention from the real motive of the crime: their private life or sexual preferences are discussed; or attempts are made to link them to illicit activities. They even try to deny their practice of journalism. This is done with the aim of losing sight of the objective of the aggression: to silence them and prevent them from doing their work. In Mexico, journalists are murdered and disappear for reporting.

#HistoriasQueSobreviven is a campaign that seeks to make visible the last minutes of life, as well as the stories that journalists investigated and that allegedly were the cause of their murder; 2024 will be a year marked by elections at federal and state level, and in which rights organizations anticipate that violence against the press will increase. In this context, we would like to question the candidates:


Martinez Pérez

She was a journalist and correspondent in Veracruz for Proceso magazine; she had been a journalist for more than 30 years when she was murdered on April 28, 2012 in her home.

Her last journalistic notes made reference to the state's insecurity, corruption and the actions of criminal groups. The most prominent names in her articles are Javier Duarte, Fidel Herrera, Arturo Bermudez and Reynaldo Escobar Perez; who have turned out to be controversial characters and investigated for different accusations. Over the years it has been noted that Regina had planned to reveal crucial information about missing persons in the state before she was murdered. However, the lines of investigation by the Veracruz Prosecutor's Office and the FEADLE have not prioritized her journalistic work and, instead, the process has been plagued with irregularities and obstacles. The then Attorney General of the State of Veracruz, Amadeo Flores, stated that the motive for the murder was robbery, although he also leaked information that it was a crime of passion.

His murder strongly marked the journalistic guild with fear. Veracruz is the most violent state for the press in Mexico. Propuesta Cívica works together with Proceso and Reporters Without Borders to promote progress in the search for justice.

Learn more about the case at: #MemoriasQueHablan

Sánchez Cabrera

"Oaxacan journalist, director of the news portal "La Policiaca, la Nota Roja de Oaxaca". He covered politics and violence in the Isthmus of Oaxaca; he covered hydrocarbon trafficking in the region. On June 17, 2021 he was murdered when he was intercepted while driving his motorcycle in the company of his minor son in the community of Morro de Mazatán, located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca; subjects got out of a vehicle and shot him.

Gustavo Sánchez was incorporated into the Protection Mechanism at the time of his homicide due to previous aggressions he had been the victim of. However, even at the time of his murder, the measures of the protection scheme had not been provided. The journalist himself had insisted on multiple occasions that they be granted, asked for a bulletproof vest and warned of the areas where he was most at risk, but in spite of everything, the authorities remained indifferent.

In July 2022, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued a Recommendation addressed to SEGOB, the Government of Oaxaca and the Attorney General's Office of the State of Oaxaca for the negligence and omissions that led to the murder of the journalist. The authorities must acknowledge their responsibility, offer a public apology and guarantees of non-repetition.

Learn more about the case at: #MemoriasQueHablan

Miguel Ángel
López Velasco

Known as “Milo Vela” for being the pseudonym with which he signed his daily column "Va de Nuez'', he was a Veracruz journalist known for his work in Notiver, one of the most widely circulated media in the country.

In his columns he addressed political issues and citizen complaints, described the violence that increasingly plagued Veracruz, expressed a bit of his humor and questioned the actions of local authorities. The last publications he made were during the mandate of Javier Duarte de Ochoa (PRI). He published a book, "Todos están adentro", in which he recounted the first drug trafficking clashes in the state.

On June 20, 2011 he was murdered along with his wife and one of his children. Milo had previously received aggressions such as smear campaigns and threats. On May 3, 2007 a human head was left at Notiver's headquarters with a note that read "Here we leave you a gift (...) this way many heads will roll. Milo Vela knows it and many more".

Currently his case has reached international instances with the People's Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists, formed by different organizations including Reporters Without Borders. In 2022 the Tribunal condemned the Mexican State for the crime and issued 20 recommendations urging an end to impunity in crimes against journalists. Today Propuesta Cívica is legally representing the case, accompanying Milo Vela's family in the construction of memory, the search for justice and reparation of damages.

Learn more about the case at: #MemoriasQueHablan


Propuesta Cívica

We are a Mexican organization with more than 11 years of experience in the promotion and defense of human rights and freedom of expression in Mexico, through the comprehensive accompaniment of human rights defenders and journalists at risk for their work, as well as public policy advocacy and research applied to human rights issues, where strategic communication plays a key role for the visibility and protection of victims and their families.

Contact for interviews:

Mauricio Pérez

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+52 5534504421

Campaign carried out by Propuesta Cívica, supported by
the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through Reporters Without Borders.