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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
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.
Robert E. Sullivan
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 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
Editor – International
Mexico , DF