Video-On-Demand via De Balie TV + De Balie Vimeo. Since Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto came into power in 2012, the death toll among journalists has increased dramatically, making Mexico one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work in. A whopping 90% of the murders on journalists go unpunished. The federal government refuses to acknowledge that almost half of the attacks have been traced to government officials. Interview with Carmen Aristegui
Club Interbellum and De Balie present an interview with top journalist Carmen Aristegui who is regarded as one of Latin America's leading journalists and left-wing opinion leaders. She gives a first-hand account of the types of censorship she and her team have been suffering this last tumultuous year. Her case is exemplary for the visible and invisible repression that important Mexican institutions are facing today. The Casa Blanca Gate and MexicoLeaks
Carmen Aristegui's investigation team revealed a high-level conflict of interest that greatly embarrassed the president Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife in a prize-winning report. The so-called Casa Blanca-gate was not without its repercussions: Carmen and her team were fired and taken off the air after they announced their participation in the freshly launched project MexicoLeaks. This initiative, lead by Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited, is designed to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward while guaranteeing their anonymity. Many Mexicans interpret Carmen and her team's severance as a sign that they are posing too big of a threat to the Mexican presidency. Expert Meeting
The interview will be followed by an expert meeting where important voices will discuss the different strategies that are needed to protect an increasingly endangered free press in Mexico. Ruth Kronenburg, Director of Operations Free Press Unlimited
Sandra Patargo, Deputy Officer ARTICLE 19 Mexico
Perseo Quiroz, Executive Director of Amnesty International Mexico
Emmanuel Gallardo, Press Representative in Mexico of RNW Media and Content Coordinator of El Toque de RNW Moderation:
Edwin Koopman, journalist, expert on Latin American politics and current affairs. Curated by Erika Sprey and Insha Klinkenberg [Club Interbellum]
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