Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lydia Cacho update- Politicos and police violated journalist's rights

The Supreme Court of Mexico has determined that there is sufficient evidence that the governor of Puebla, Mario Marin and 29 other civil employees did indeed violate the rights of journalist Lydia Cacho. The other people involved in the "psychological torture" of Ms. Cacho include several members of the Puebla and Quintana Roo governor's offices, judges in both states, police officers and prosecutors. The orders of the governor to illegally detain Ms. Cacho were initiated by businessman Kamel Nacif who called in favours from big friends after he was implicated as being part of a pedophile ring in the book "Demons of Eden".

At this moment Marin is still acting as governor and no one has been sentenced for their involvement. The PAN party has asked that the court convene as soon as possible to determine what the sanctions may be against the governor and the co-conspirators. This is a huge scandal and the court's decision is a small step for the Mexican government to prove that it is making strides in improving its reputation and serving justice for the people of Mexico.


Jonna said...

Thank you for writing about Lydia Cacho and giving current links. I had read about her before but lost track of what was happening. What a courageous woman. I'm so glad that this has not been pushed under the carpet. I hope Marin is forced from office, but I am not optimistic.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. There was a big story on CNN in Spanish last night about the decision. Homeboy was unable to fill me in because he walked in too late to explain.

I remember the whole scandal of the pedophile from the papers a few years back. Mexico certainly takes its old-boys club to the extreme.

Stephanie said...

Well, a small step for Mexico, a giant step for mankind.

Especially since it's a country where the majority of cries against women go unreported for fear of harassment and ridicule by law enforcement officials.


Anonymous said...

My Spanish teacher told our class that the most dangerous job there is in Latin America is "Journalist." Interesting...

CancunCanuck said...

Jonna- When I first heard about the case I was confused, I really didn't grasp what was going on. I'm glad my Spanish has improved enough to "get" the stories that I read now, even though they upset me.

Melissa- With your fab Spanish you need Homeboy's help still? I feel a lot better now about needing Hubby's help with the newscasts!

Stephanie- Hi and welcome! It really is still amazing to me how little public education there is about crimes against women and children, hard for a lefty Canadian to wrap her little head around.

mexpat- I don't have any numbers but yes, journalists are in danger here, I believe (but can't find my source!) that at least 10 have been killed in the last couple of years. Just last year there was a bombing at one of the newspaper offices here, luckily it wasn't a very good bombing and no one was hurt.

All that said, I have been warned by several people now that I am treading on thin ice and crossing dangerous waters by even posting this news. I have to admit that I have been frightened by some of these warnings and will be very very careful about what I post in the future. Thanks for checking in and commenting ladies!

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