Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Veracruz Journalist Asks for Asylum, Gives Urgent Plea for Help for Colleagues in Mexico

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"In the battle for territory by organized crime in Mexico, the state of Veracruz has become one of the most violent and contested conflict zones. Local journalists, bearing witness to the brutal battle, are being systematically tortured and killed and the Veracruz and Mexican governments are doing nothing to protect them.  This was the urgent message on Tuesday in Austin, from former Veracruz reporter and photographer Miguel Angel Lopez Solana who made a plea for help for his colleagues in Veracruz at a forum focusing on journalism safety in Latin America, sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Open Society Foundations.  “They aren’t just killing us journalists, they are drawing and quartering us…We are living in