Human Rights Investigator, Freelance
in El Paso
Since late 2011, I have provided human rights accompaniment to journalists in several Mexican states. For the past five years, I've been doing this work pro-bono. Getting to know and sharing experiences with Mexican journalists has enabled me to advocate for them through writing, publishing, and presentations, spreading the word about ongoing challenges to freedom of expression in Mexico.
You can see examples of my reporting about Mexican journalists for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as a Guest Blogger, here; and, as a freelance reporter for the website of the North American Congress on Latin America NACLA, here and here; the pro-bono Mexican Journalism Translation Project (which I edit), and the Freedom of Expression Project at the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. I also have translated from Spanish to English (notably for El País in English), and I've been a freelance journalist since 2002, with examples of publications at CounterPunch (2004 - 2016) and the Texas Observer (2002 - 2006).
I am technically qualified to produce a human rights report on this subject. In 2013, I was awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, UK. I wrote a state-of-the-art thesis on the protection gaps for journalists in international human rights law. I focused on Mexican journalists at the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Freedom House reprinted part of the thesis in English and translated it into Spanish, for a book published in collaboration with the Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos.
I have a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin (2004). From 2015 to 2017, I have served as Lecturer in History at El Paso Community College, a position that has enabled me to publish articles on the history of the border and immigration enforcement with NACLA.
Do Mexico's Journalists want a Safe House?
BY PATRICK TIMMONS
@ VOL 16
ON JUN 29, 2017
Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Freelance human rights investigator and journalist Patrick Timmons shares the staggering statistics: 130 journalists dead or disappeared since 2000. Official protection mechanisms do not work so what informal methods do journalists need to keep themselves safe? Patrick proposes a refuge that may be part of the answer.