Freedom of Speech Award. Heroic Mexican Journalist Anabel Hernandez

Earlier in the year I Blogged about the courageous journalist Anabel Hernandez She has been awarded a Freedom of Speech Award. Whether its journalists being handcuffed by police for six hours in San Francisco for refusing to reveal a source or being murdered in Mexico the threat to journalists is real and ongoing.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 5.28.2019

The exiled Mexican journalist has received Deutsche Welle’s Freedom of Speech Award at the Global Media Forum. In her acceptance speech, she issued a warning against organized crime and a plea for truth.

“For months I contemplated the bulletproof vest that the government of Mexico gave me in 2016, shortly before publishing my last book on the case of the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala in the state of Guerrero in September 2014.

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“It was a way of warning me: ‘you have gone too far’ in your investigations. But even with the vest in front of me I refused to think about myself and the risk. There has always been something more important: truth and justice.”

Anabel Hernandez’s work as a journalist had put her in the firing line. Following that direct threat to her personal safety, she took action. Today she lives in exile and incognito. For twenty years now, she has reported tirelessly about corruption, the drug trade, sexual exploitation and injustice. DW honored this work with its Freedom of Speech Award, presented to Hernandez during the Global Media Forum in Bonn.

‘Why do they kill us?’

Hernandez survived — in contrast to more than 100 journalists, who have been killed in Mexico during the past decade. Mexico has the highest murder rate for journalists in the world.

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“But why are they killing us?” Hernandez asks. “Why are they threatening us? Why are they imprisoning us? Why do they want to silence us?”

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