Los Vigilantes de Tepito / Vigilantes in Mexico’s Capital (El Dominical)

(English Version to follow) CIUDAD DE MEXICO - Armados con walkie-talkie y placa de identificación, ellos patrullan uno de los barrios más peligrosos de la ciudad de México. Es un grupo, integrado principalmente por ciudadanos, el que brinda seguridad en un área que la policía no puede o no quiere proteger. Se autodenominan “policía comunitaria”, …

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Mexico’s escribanos: sending email without the internet (The Toronto Star)

Also known as scribes, they continue to be in demand, writing letters for estranged lovers and complaints to government MEXICO CITY—Typewriters are long thought to be a thing of the past, or an essential piece of vintage decor, but not in Santo Domingo Square in Mexico City. Here, some 20 escribanos sit outside, behind their …

Fighting Impunity in Mexico – An interview with John Ralston Saul (PEN Canada)

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist or writer.  Since 2006, over 46 Mexican journalists and writers have been killed or disappeared, and their lives continue to be threatened.  As a result, many journalists and media outlets have opted to sensor themselves and have stopped reporting on …