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Thursday, January 12, 2017: A recent rise in gas prices has resulted in mass protests across Mexico. According to Article 19, protests in Baja California and Coahuila resulted in the assault of 20 journalists and detainment of 10 more by local and federal police.

Read the full article here: https://cpj.org/2017/01/mexican-police-attack-journalists-covering-protest.php


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Friday, September 2, 2016: Sergio Aguayo, a prominent political commentator, was sued by the former governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila, Humberto Moreira, for moral damages. In a January 20th article in Reforma, Aguayo described Moreira as “a politician that releases the stench of corruption.” This accusation stems from an investigation into the disappearance of 300 residences from the Coahuila town of Allende during Moreira’s governorship.

Read the full article here: https://cpj.org/blog/2016/09/change-to-mexican-law-leaves-critical-journalists-.php



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REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/IPI

Friday, December 30, 2016:” End of year report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) indicates that 93 journalist were killed in various attacks around the world. Coming in at number 5 was Mexico with 11 death.”

Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/world-digest-dec-30-2016/2016/12/30/4ad6af32-ce9b-11e6-a87f-b917067331bb_story.html?utm_term=.27142ebc0c89


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HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Three Cuban women walk arm-in-arm toward the Plaza de la Revolucion to witness a parade honoring this nation’s Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces.

They will arrive at the Plaza de la Revolucion where the Monumento a José Martí, Cuba’s national hero, towers over the parade ground.

This was a quiet, even somber event. It took place only weeks after the death of Fidel Castro, who seized power here in 1959 and died in November 2016. Many Cubans still are processing the fact that Castro is gone.

Throughout this march, I sensed a respect for the fallen Cuban leader – even from Cubans who disagree with the system that he put into place. Many Cubans criticize the system in which they live. But my experience has been that few will directly criticize the man who created it.

I didn’t ask these women about all this. Perhaps I should have.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cubans assemble along a main thoroughfare leading into the Plaza de la Revolucion to watch a parade honoring this nation’s Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Here, members of the Cuban Army gather just after dawn with civilians on one major highway leading to the event.

I had expected to see a show of Cuba’s military might. Tanks. An array of military vehicles. Heavy weaponry. In other words, a show of force. But I saw none of it. Perhaps this reflected a decision by Cuban authorities who did not want to provoke the incoming U.S. administration — or not.

That’s the way it is in Cuba.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cubans wait in early-morning light to witness a parade honoring this nation’s Fuerzas Armadas Revolutionarias, (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. In the background is the Plaza de la Revolucion.

My Cuban-American wife, Esther, and I visited her family on the island over the Christmas holidays

We did not expect to see significant changes as a result of Fidel Castro’s recent passing. And we didn’t. Not, at least, in the way the place operates.

Instead, I detected a lingering affection and respect for the Cuban leader – even from Cubans who chafe at the system that he built and that he left behind. To many, Fidel was like a failing grandfather with whose opinion they often differed. But many of these same Cubans also recognized that the old man was responsible for making them, and the island they live on, something more grand than they might have been without him.

I’m still unpacking, physically and otherwise, from the three-week trip. As I do so, I recall what one of my students told me after spending four months with me in Cuba, taking one of my photojournalism classes.

“Nothing is black and white here,” she said. “Everything is shades of gray,” and deciphering the place is a formidable task.

I’ll be posting more pictures as I continue to unpack.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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Krysten Massa/The Statesman

Krysten Massa/The Statesman

“Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, delivered the annual Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture in the Student Activities Center on Tuesday night with a speech that illustrated what it means to be a journalist in an increasingly dangerous world.”

Read the full article here: https://www.sbstatesman.com/2016/03/09/foreign-correspondent-rukmini-callimachi-talks-about-covering-islamic-state/

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