LATimes: Actress Kate Del Castillo urged ‘El Chapo’ to use his power for good, brokered meeting with Sean Penn

January 1oth 2016, Deborah Bonello — Mexican film and TV actress Kate Del Castillo has long been a household name in her home country, known for playing tough female roles and speaking out on social issues. She also has openly expressed admiration for drug kingpins — she played one in her most famous role — and once urged Joaquin “El […]

LATimes: Families of the missing say they are stonewalled by Mexico state authorities

LATimes: Families of the missing say they are stonewalled by Mexico state authorities

August 23 2015, Mexico City — A candle has been burning for almost a year in the modest front room of the tiny two-bedroom apartment that Guadalupe Reyes shares with her husband, Bernardo, and their 10-year-old daughter, Tania. Next to the candle is a picture of their older daughter, Mariana. Her 19th birthday was this […]

GlobalPost: Mexico just issued a ‘gender alert’ to stop the rampant killing of women

GlobalPost: Mexico just issued a ‘gender alert’ to stop the rampant killing of women

July 29 2015 – “Woman’s body found dead, naked and burned.” “Twelve-year-old girl goes missing selling sweets in the street.” “Five women killed in 48 hours in Mexico state.” Those are just some of the macabre headlines making the rounds here in the last few months. The United Nations has called the abduction and murder […]

Guardian/Rainforest Alliance: Hope in the heart of the Yucatán

Last month, the Rainforest Alliance sent our Follow the Farmer contest winner Joanna Parkman to the heart of the Yucatán to learn about sustainable forestry.

Last month, the Rainforest Alliance sent our Follow the Farmer contest winner Joanna Parkman to the heart of the Yucatán to learn about sustainable forestry.

Fusion: Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream?

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

Channel 4 / Unreported World: The Abandoned Mexico

Ade Adepitan of Unreported World travels to Mexico to meet with disability activists who are going into psychiatric institutions to expose the abusive and inhumane conditions inside.

Channel 4 / Unreported World: The Abandoned Mexico

April 2 2014  – Ade Adepitan of Unreported World travels to Mexico to meet with disability activists who are going into psychiatric institutions to expose the abusive and inhumane conditions inside. http://www.disabilityrightsintl.org/ Producer: Ulises Escamilla Haro

AFP: Mexico’s president-elect accused of ignoring women’s murders

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez - famous for femicide.

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez – famous for femicide.

Fusion: How Sinaloa’s schools are trying to prevent kids from joining drug gangs

Mirna Cartagena spent 8 years in jail. Now she works hard to prevent young people from falling into narcos’ influence.

Mirna Cartagena spent 8 years in jail. Now she works hard to prevent young people from falling into narcos’ influence.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

AFP: Cassez case throws spotlight on Mexico’s media trials

AFP: Cassez case throws spotlight on Mexico’s media trials

March 20 2012 – The staged arrest of French woman Florence Cassez in Mexico back in 2005 puts an uncomfortable spotlight on the practice of putting suspects in front of the media even before they go in front of a judge. For AFP by Deborah Bonello

AFP: ‘Miss Bala’ reflects drug reality for women in Mexico

Movie 'Miss Bala' follows beauty queen Laura Guerrero in her violent downward spiral into the hands of organized crime.

AFP: ‘Miss Bala’ reflects drug reality for women in Mexico

Movie ‘Miss Bala’ follows beauty queen Laura Guerrero in her violent downward spiral into the hands of organized crime.

Peter Gabriel asks for end impunity over Ciudad Juarez’s dead women

Peter Gabriel asks for end impunity over Ciudad Juarez’s dead women

Peter Gabriel implored President Calderon to show “real political will, muscle and budget” in investigating the hundreds of unsolved murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez.

Carmen Aristegui talks about the reality for journalists in Mexico

Carmen Aristegui talks about the reality for journalists in Mexico

February 6 2009 – Carmen Aristegui, one of Mexico’s most prominent journalists, disappeared from the Mexican radio airwaves last year in a cloud of controversy.

As Reed Johnson reported in January 2008, “Aristegui’s departure from W Radio set off a flurry of op-ed commentary in Mexico City newspapers. Several commentators have denounced the incident as an act of censorship and harassment by media and governmental interests.”

Now Aristegui’s back with a new radio news show –- this time on a different network. The journalist, who continued to host her nightly television news show on CNN Español during her radio hiatus, returns to the Mexican airwaves from 6 – 10 every weekday morning on MVS Radio.

Film defends Mexican woman imprisoned in Texas

Film defends Mexican woman imprisoned in Texas

Rosa Jimenez, a 26-year-old Mexican woman, could currently be serving a sentence of 99 years in a Texas prison for a crime she didn’t commit, according to Lucía Gajá, 34, the young Mexican director of the documentary “Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside).”

The film takes aim at the United States criminal-justice system and its treatment of Mexican undocumented female migrants. It is told through the case of Jimenez, who crossed illegally into the United States when she was 17 years old. Clearly on the side of the defendant, the film combines the words of Jimenez, her defense lawyers and the prosecution to lay out what ends up a chilling depiction.

“Mi Vida Dentro” debuted in Mexico last week in cinemas across the capital, and is the first feature-length film from Gajá, who is a graduate of CUEC, the cinema program of the Autonomous National University of Mexico. It’s also the first Mexican documentary to be distributed by Ambulante, the film festival created by two of Mexico’s most bankable stars, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, in 2006.

Bajo Juarez campaigns for the dead women of Ciudad Juarez

Lilia Alejandra is one of the 370 women who have disappeared in Mexico’s Chihuahua state since 1993. Her story is the main focus of Bajo Juárez, a documentary film that was five years in the making and opened here in Mexico this weekend.

Video: Shakira aims to help poor kids

Last Thursday, Colombian popstar Shakira got a group of Latin American stars and businessmen together in the Mexican capital to launch ALAS (meaning “WINGS”), a Latin American initiative aimed at aiding the development of young children in the region.

Shakira, who recently got together with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, has been running her own foundation to help the poor since she was 18.

Arrest warrants issued for Cacho case

Arrest warrants issued for Cacho case

Warrants for the arrest of five public employees involved in the illegal detention of journalist Lydia Cacho (pictured) have been issued in Mexico after the nation’s Supreme Court decided at the end of last year not to pursue legal proceedings against those involved in the case.

La Misma Luna

La Misma Luna

The focus of the latest film from LA-based Mexican director Patricia Riggen is torn from today’s headlines and deals with the issue of families separated by borders.

The Los Angeles Times talked with director Patricia Riggen and screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, about making the film and Mexicans in LA.

This film appeared with this story on LATimes.com

Mexico still deadliest country in the Americas for journalists, says RWB

Mexico still deadliest country in the Americas for journalists, says RWB

Mexico remains the deadliest country in the Americas for journalists with two murders in less than a month, and three disappearances, according to today’s annual report from Reporters Without Borders. Three journalists were murdered last year, and three media workers were shot dead.

Those levels are an improvement on 2006, when nine journalists were killed, but 2008 is looking grim if the stats are to be believed. As many journalists were killed last week than in the whole of last year.

Supreme Court Judges Were Bribed, says Cacho

Supreme Court Judges Were Bribed, says Cacho

The Supreme Court judges who voted that the rights of Lydia Cacho were not violated enough when she was arrested, detained and tortured by Puebla’s police under the orders of Governor Mario Marin were paid off by Marin’s lawyers, according to the journalist.

Cacho made the accusation, which if true promises to scandalize Mexico’s Supreme Court, in a conference last night during which she launched her new book ‘Memorias de una infamia’.

In her latest publication, Cacho documents her maltreatment at the hands of Marin, local businessmen Kamel Nacif, Jean Succar Kuri and other Mexicans that she implicated in a pedophile ring in Cancun in her book, ‘Demonios del Eden’.

New Year, Old Problems for Journalists in Mexico

Although one hates to be a pessimist, the coming year is still looking grim for journalists in Mexico.

Despite the fact that the numbers of murdered journalists declined last year, levels of violence against them are on the rise and the Government is showing no increase in willingness to investigate cases of murder, violence and intimidation against members of the profession.

President Calderon: Cacho Case ‘Not a Political Compromise’

President Calderon: Cacho Case ‘Not a Political Compromise’

Writers, journalists and non-governmental organisations have called the Supreme Court’s decision at the end of last week a ‘disgrace’. The Court ruled that the rights of journalist Lydia Cacho’s had not been sufficiently violated to warrant legal action against Puebla State Governor Mario Marin.

In a show of solidarity for the journalist, twenty of the country’s writers signed a brief declaration in Guadalajara over the weekend that says that the Supreme Court’s decision last week not to investigate the alleged human rights abuses against Cacho has disgraced the country, according to reports in today’s newspapers.

In addition, a number of the country’s NGOs that work in issues of press freedom and freedom of expression today issued a statement saying that the Supreme Court decision violates human rights.

Writers and NGOs: Supreme Court ruling on Cacho is a ‘disgrace’

Writers and NGOs: Supreme Court ruling on Cacho is a ‘disgrace’

Writers, journalists and non-governmental organisations have called the Supreme Court’s decision at the end of last week a ‘disgrace’. The Court ruled that the rights of journalist Lydia Cacho’s had not been sufficiently violated to warrant legal action against Puebla State Governor Mario Marin.

In a show of solidarity for the journalist, twenty of the country’s writers signed a brief declaration in Guadalajara over the weekend that says that the Supreme Court’s decision last week not to investigate the alleged human rights abuses against Cacho has disgraced the country, according to reports in today’s newspapers.

In addition, a number of the country’s NGOs that work in issues of press freedom and freedom of expression today issued a statement saying that the Supreme Court decision violates human rights.

Supreme Court Decides Cacho’s Rights Not Violated Enough

Supreme Court Decides Cacho’s Rights Not Violated Enough

The fight for press freedom in Mexico was dealt a serious blow this week after the country’s Supreme Court found that the rights of journalist Lydia Cacho were not violated enough by the state governor of Puebla, Mario Marin, for action to be taken against him.

The Court rejected a report by its own Commission on Tuesday that found that Marin and 29 of his officials had conspired to violate Cacho’s rights. Its ten judges voted 6-4 yesterday that although there was evidence of criminal acts, and some rights violations did take place, they did not meet the ‘standards necessary’ for the court to recommend action to be taken.

In male world of Mariachi, women sing their own tune

In male world of Mariachi, women sing their own tune

Dusk falls on a regular Thursday night in Mexico City’s Plaza de Garibaldi and the capital’s multitude of mariachi prepare for another night’s work.

Amidst the overwhelmingly male musicians strutting around the neglected Plaza in their skin-tight charro outfits is Mariachi Sonidos de America Feminil – a female group of musicians daring to brave the macho tradition of the mariachi.