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WASHINGTON, DC, 24 October 2017 — I’m working on the rough cut of my documentary, “FREELANCERS,” with Bill Gentile, and can’t help but think of where it all began. It was 40 years ago that I finished course work in graduate school and went to Mexico for an internship at the Mexico City News, and where I started working as a freelance foreign correspondent. This ID was the first in a long series. These documents tell the long story of my career.

This past March I returned to Mexico to shoot the pilot for what I hope will be a series on freelance foreign correspondents. It’s a fascinating new breed of journalists filling the vacuum left by mainstream media closing bureaus and cutting back on staff correspondents around the world.

I believe this is an important story to tell, particularly in the face of attacks and accusations about “fake news.”

Come with me as I tell the story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freelancerswithbillgentile/

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Reuters/ Fox News/ Google images

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017- ” Recent murders have led to the closure of a prominent Mexican newspaper. Freelance journalist Paul Imison writes about the present dangers that Mexican journalists face.”

Read full story here: “http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/04/journalists-in-mexico-killed-in-record-numbers-along-with-freedom-speech.html”

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Madison Ogletree/ The Auburn Plainsman/ Google Images

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: ” International journalist Laura Ling spoke to Auburn University last Monday about her captivity in North Korea, her love for traveling, and the need for investigating human rights issues.”

Read the full story here: http://www.theplainsman.com/article/2017/04/laura-ling-with-the-auburn-plainsman

 

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: ” Freedom of press watchdog Article 19 reports that officials accounted for 53% of the attacks against Mexican journalists in 2016.  Article 19 believes that Mexican officials pose,” the biggest threat to freedom of expression in Mexico.”

 

Read the full article here: http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2434259&CategoryId=14091

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El Norte/ Reuters

Thursday, April 6th, 2017: ” With the murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea, the Mexican newspaper EL Norte has decided to close its doors. El Norte’s director Oscar Cantu Murguia told VOA that Velducea’s murder, “forced me to reflect that everything that we have done, what we have shown and published in 27 years, has not made any progress.”

Read the full article here: https://www.voanews.com/a/mexican-newspaper-closes-out-of-fear-for-journalists-safety-/3800244.html

 

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Fidencio Alonso / Courtesy of Zocalo de Monclova via Reuters

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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AFP/ Pedro Pardo/ Getty images

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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