«Brothers and sisters, I address you from the Amate prision: a place where I have been exposed to terrible cases of injustice.«
Gustavo Maldonado Lopez, blogger and political prisoner.
The arbitrary arrest last August 8 of Gustavo Maldonado, a digital activist in Chiapas, reminds us that the battle for freedom of expression in Mexico never truly ends. The Amate Penitentiary has a new political prisoner. In this country, attempts to exercise freedom of expression are often punishable by censure, imprisonment and even torture -especially if the voice is that of a critical and dissident activist. There is an important social response to this type of abuses: especially if it is directed to journalists and public figures, which makes sense. The response of institutions, public opinion and civil society is meager when it comes to ordinary citizen journalists and grassroots activists.
The history of repression…
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