Female journalist leaves Mexico after death threat


AFP

MEXICO CITY — Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, who for years has worked to highlight violence against women and children, has fled the country after receiving death threats, a media rights campaigner said Monday. “She has left,” Ricardo Gonzalez, a member of London-based media rights organization Article 19, told AFP, adding that her absence from Mexico was “temporary.” “As the state has done nothing following the latest threats, she is going to use this time to prepare a security strategy so she will be able to come back to continue to work.” “She is not giving up journalism, nor is she abandoning her defense of basic human rights,” Gonzalez said. In 2000, Cacho founded an association for the protection of women and children against domestic and sexual violence.

In her 2005 book “The Demons of Eden,” she lifted the lid on a pedophilia network, pointing the finger of blame at Mexican businessmen and politicians.