Crusading Mexican journalist says she won’t be cowed down

July 8th, 2011 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, July 8 (IANS/EFE) Prominent Mexican journalist, activist and author Lydia Cacho said death threats she has received in recent days will not paralyse her with fear and stop her from speaking out against injustice.

“They want to silence my work and my defense of women’s rights because they know we have them tied down, but they won’t succeed,” Cacho told EFE after an event in Mexico City with the UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay.

Cacho told said she had learned to manage her fears and not let herself be intimidated by the threats.

“Fortunately, we already have signs of where they’re coming from and, although we’re not very clear of the name of who’s responsible, we’re close and we’ll reveal it,” she said.

The threats were sent by e-mail and an anonymous phone call in apparent response to Cacho’s latest book, “Las esclavas del poder” (Slaves of Power), in which she denounces global sex-trafficking of women and girls.

The journalist has been the target of threats since 2005, when she published a book, “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), that exposed pedophile rings in Mexico operating under the protection of politicians and business leaders.


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