MEXICO: Journalist and writer Héctor de Mauleón threatened for investigative reports. Norwegian PEN and the WiPC urge the Mexican government to urgently investigate the threats against de Mauléon and punish those responsible. Read our letter to the Mexican authorities below:
Mexico City Attorney General’s Office
Mexico City Government
Ministry of the Interior
Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression
PEN International, Norwegian PEN and The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee are concerned with the recent threats received by award-winning journalist and author Héctor de Mauléon for a series of investigative reports he wrote in El Universal on alleged drugs and weapons dealing by a group called the Asamblea de Barrios in Mexico City.
The threats are sent via social media and have increased since de Mauléon’s third piece in June 2016. On June 22nd a raid was carried out by the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office.
PEN International and Norwegian PEN ask you to urgently investigate the threats against de Mauléon and punish those responsible. We urge you to ensure the safety of de Mauléon and other Mexican journalist so they can carry out their work without censorship and fear. Please put an end to the harassment of Mexican journalist for their work and protect their right to freedom of speech.
Mari Moen Holsve
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Mexican Embassy in Norway