National: Journalist house of Contralínea and Desinformémonos harassed, with computer equipment and documentation stolen

September 13, 2015

Documentación y equipo de computo fue sustraido @ DesinformémonosStolen documentation and computer equipment @ Desinformémonos

On 8 September, the home of the journalists Elva Mendoza, journalist of the Contralínea magazine, and Flor Goche, collaborator with Contralínea and journalist for Desinformémonos, was broken into. Computer equipment and journalistic documentation was stolen from the apartment, located in Mexico City, leaving intact valuable objects such as screens and cash. The act took place during the day, and the door did not show evidence of forcible entry.

The members of the Contralínea magazine had been awarded precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Beyond this, since July 2014, both journalists were incorporated into the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human-Rights Defenders administered by the Secretary for Governance.

It bears mentioning that Flor Goche has been following the case of the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, beyond other human-rights violations and femicides. Elva Mendoza has followed lines of investigation on megaprojects for investment, environmental destruction, transgenic crops, and the destruction of natural resources.

Mexico has been identified as being one of the most dangerous countries in which to practice journalism.

For more information (in Spanish):

Allanan casa de reporteras de Desinformémonos y Contralínea (Desinformemonos, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

Allanan domicilio de reporteras de Contralínea (Revista Contralínea, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

Domicilio de reporteras de Contralínea y Desinformémonos es allanado; roban documentos y equipo de trabajo (Sin embargo, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Mexico: Torture and murder of journalist and four women (10 September 2015)

National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead (16 February 2014)

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico (10 February 2015)

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: New attacks on journalists (2 September 2014)

Mexico/Chiapas: International Day of Action against Monsanto and transgenics

June 7, 2013

Día internacional contra Monsanto

On Saturday 25 May 2013, there was held the International Day of Action against Monsanto and transgenics and in favor of food sovereignty, with movilizations and rallies held in many countries, including different states and cities of Mexico.

Different environmental and social organizations called on the federal government to deny the transnational corporation Monsanto the right to grow transgenic maize in the country, after on 15 March this firm presented three applications to do so in “approximately 33 million hectares of the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Durango.

In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, there was held a cultural act of protest in the Peace Plaza with an organic tianguis, local food, theatre, informational booths, and a Mayan altar.  Furthermore, there was music, and the event ended with a screening of the documentary “Transgenic maize in Mexico.”

Monsanto has existed for 112 years.  Located centrally in the U.S., it dominates 27% of the international market in seeds (both conventional and transgenic) and a full 86% of the transgenic market.  There were events held in more than 50 countries of the world against this corporation on this day.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ambientalistas rechazan la siembra de maíz transgénico, La Jornada, 26 de mayo de 2013

Marchan contra Monsanto y el maíz transgénico en el DF, Milenio, 25 de mayo de 2013

Unen voces en el mundo contra Monsanto, El Universal, 25 de mayo de 2013

Activistas se sumarán a marcha contra Monsanto, Cuarto Poder, 15 de mayo de 2013

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Popular Forum for the Defense of the Land, Territory, and Food Sovereignty (26 November 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference for a Chiapas freed from transgenics

July 10, 2012

On 6 July, during a press-conference carried out in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, non-governmental organizations that oppose the cultivation of transgenic crops, among them Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste and the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, demanded that the Mexican government cancel the authorization for “the release into the environment of genetically modified soy” in several states of the country.  They note that “the authorization for the transnational MONSANTO to cultivate soy in Chiapas and other state of the country would constitute a socio-environmental disaster of incalculable proportions for Mexicans.”

The groups demanded that the Mexican State “order MONSANTO to make public all its information regarding the contracts signed with regard to the cultivation in Chiapas and other states,” that “there be orders that the firm make public the environmental impacts it has caused against land and marine-coastal ecosystems and their flora and fauna,” in addition to “abstaining from using transgenic crops in Mexican lands.”

The groups report that different persons and organizations presented on 27 June a motion to the second judge of the district in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, against the permit granted by the Mexican government to Monsanto.  In light of the risk that the firm continue with its plans to cultivate transgenic seeds, they finally called for the development of a network in defense of food sovereignty, the rights of the peoples, and the defense of life.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa completo (6 de julio de 2012)

Comunicado completo de las organizaciones civiles (6 de julio de 2012)

Piden frenar siembra de transgénicos (Cuarto Poder, 7 de julio de 2012)

Monsanto y la reconstrucción de los latifundios como en el periodo pre revolucionario. (Colectivo Pozol, 7 de julio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Visit by Oliver De Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food (21 June 2011)