Human Rights Organizations Condemn Murder of Women Journalists in Mexico

Over 50 human rights organizations in Mexico have signed an open letter condemning the increase of gendered violence and impunity towards human rights defenders and journalists in Mexico. The open letter protests the recent and gruesome murders of two prominent women journalists in Mexico City.


On September 1, 2011 the murdered bodies of Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros – founder and reporter of Contralínea – and Rocío González – independent journalist – were found in Mexico City. Four days earlier Carmela Elisarraráz Méndez – leader in the defence of the rights and dignities of sex workers and secretary of the organization Monarcas Libertad de Michoacán – was murdered in Morelia. The open letter warned that these cases of femicide are not isolated acts, and add to the seven human rights defenders and three journalists murdered in Mexico  since 2010.

“The State of Mexico has failed in its obligation to protect and give the minimum guarantees so that we women can exercise our right to the freedom of expression and the defence of our rights.

We demand the appropriate authorities investigate the murder cases and attacks against defenders and journalists, punish those responsible, and take all necessary measures so that women human rights defenders and journalists can practice their work in secure conditions.”

– Open Letter Human Rights Defenders condemn the increase of violence against women human rights defenders and journalists in Mexico.

Read the Open Letter in (English)  (Spanish)


Please send appeals to Mexican state officials
•    Protesting the murders,
•    Calling for an impartial investigation,
•    And calling on President Felipe Calderón to fulfill promises to make crimes against journalists a federal offence.


Gender crime seen in 2 Mexican women’s deaths, Associated Press, 2 September, 2011.

2 Journalists Murdered in Mexico City, Voice of America, 2 September, 2011.

Murders of Reporters Heighten Despair and Shock, IPS, 2 September 2011.

MEXICO: Two women journalists found strangled in Mexico City, Guardian, 2 September 2011.

Murder of two women journalists brings media death toll since 2000 to 80, Reporters Without Borders, 2 September 2011.

MEXICO: Two women journalists found strangled in Mexico City, PEN International (WiPC), 6 September 2011.