This article by Cathal Sheerin appeared on the PEN International website on March 8, 2012.
You probably haven’t heard of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz. She was the mother of two daughters and a crime reporter for Notiver, a daily newspaper in the Mexican state of Veracruz. On 24 July 2011, she was abducted by gunmen from in front of her home. Two days later she was found dead; her head had been hacked off.
It’s also unlikely that you’ve heard of María Elizabeth Macías Castro. She was the mother of two teenagers, a keen blogger and the editor of the daily newspaper Primera Hora. She was found dead on 24 September 2011, in Tamaulipas state. A note had been placed next to her body accusing her of ‘denouncing’ Mexico’s drug-violence. Like Ordaz de la Cruz, she too had been decapitated. LEER MAS