April 23, 2024

Press Freedom


Mexico July 6, 2005

H.E. Vicente Quesada Fox
Residencia Official de los Pinos
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec
11850 Mexico , DF
Fax: (011.52.5) 515-5729

Your Excellency:

The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) writes to ask Your Excellency to investigate the issue of Noticias , of Oaxaca , where more than two dozen employees are surrounded by persons who call themselves strikers. Press reports indicate that several of the ‘strikers’ are actually pro-government militants who disagree with the journalism practiced by Noticias editors and writers .

The OPC, which has defended the rights of journalists from all over the world for more than 65 years, takes no position on Mexican politics. We write to express our concern for the well-being of the employees, who, we have been told, have been denied even basic necessities of life.

As Your Excellency knows, the OPC has recently written to your offices to thank you for using the federal powers to investigate attacks on journalists, thus demonstrating to your fellow countrymen that you will not tolerate threats or assaults on journalists and impediments to the freedom of the press.

We make bold to ask you to intervene in the Noticias case, with full confidence that Your Excellency will decide on the proper measures to ensure the safety and freedom of the journalists and colleagues in Noticias.


We respectfully welcome any comment.


Respectfully yours,
Robert E. Sullivan
Larry Martz
Freedom of the Press Committee



Carlos de Icaza

Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.A.

Embassy of Mexico

1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington , DC 20006

Fax: (202) 728-1698


Ambassador Enrique Beriuga

Permanent Representative

Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations

2 United Nations Plaza, 28th floor

New York , NY 10017

Fax: (212) 688-8862


Antonio O. Garza, Jr.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

Embassy of the United States of America

P.O. Box 9000

Brownsville , TX 78520

Fax: (011.52.55) 5080-2005


Patricia Mercado Sanchez


El Economista

Mexico DF



Leonardo Valero

Editor – International

La Reforma

Mexico , DF