February 13, 2009

Mexican Journalist Gutiérrez Released by U.S. Immigration Pending Hearing

Good news from the border.

Emilio Guitierrez Soto was released from a U.S.immigration jail pending an immigration hearing.

Guitierrez, a journalist in northern Mexico, requested asylum in the United States after he was threatened not only by the drug cartels that seem to be running that part of the country but also by the Mexican army, which was sent in to clean out the cartels.

As a journalism professor, we must never forget to explain to our students how important it is to have a free press. And that many people in our profession are threatened and killed because all they do is report the news.

Overseas Press Club of America statement

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