We just received an exciting e-mail from our grantee Women's Communication and Information in Mexico City! A journalist associated with the group has just been awarded a prestigious journalism award. Here's what Lucía Lagunes, the group's Executive Secretary has to say,
||It is with great honour and pleasure that Comunicación e Información de la Mujer (CIMAC) informs that our correspondent and friend Soledad Jarquín has been awarded with the National Award for Journalism -the most important one in Mexico. She will receive the prize tomorrow for her story Violación ejercida por militares (Rape by the Military).
This feature was proposed and published through our news agency cimacnoticias, that will be recognized too at the ceremony. We were selected, among other few, from a very competitive group of 991 news pieces. We hope that you will also feel that this award is for the Global Fund for Women, because you made possible our coverage in this story where the main figures are the 13 sex workers and dancers who were brutally raped by 20 Mexican Soldiers on July 11, 2006 in Castaños, Coahuila in the northern part of Mexico.
The jury, that included Lydia Cacho and other prominent journalists, considered as a valuable element that cimacnoticias pushed again and again to put the story in the National media agenda.This week will be a definite one for the victims at the Courts. For the first time in the Mexican modern history, a civil court will judge eight soldiers. The victims are confident and scared at the same time about the process, but they are extremely strong women, just like their lawyers, as we saw last weekend when we shared time together at the Encuentro de Mujeres en Resistencia in Oaxaca.The challenge will be to keep them in prison after they receive their sentences. In Mexico it is common to gain freedom using several forms of corruption.