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Angélica Elizabeth Díaz Molina

WHRD, Journalist

Angélica Elizabeth Díaz Molina is an independent journalist and woman human rights defender. she accompanies cases of serious human rights violations in several Mexican states and works on issues related to disappearances, femicides, political persecution and defense of territory. She has collaborated with several civil society organisations and is a founder and active collaborator of Sueña Dignidad, a collective of journalists, human rights defenders and artists who accompany cases of human rights violations.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in Mexico are subject to intimidation, legal harassment, arbitrary detention, death threats, acts of physical aggression, enforced disappearances and killings as a result of their activities in defence of human rights and the exercise of freedom of expression and journalism.

Disappearances are endemic in Mexico, often happening with collusion from the state. HRDs working on the issue face serious risk, up to and including death. HRDs working in the defence of territory, particularly indigenous territory, face a similar level of risk. They are criminalised, imprisoned, defamed, and often killed. Journalists working on any of these issues, or issues related to the drugs trade and the government's complicity in this, also run the risk of losing their lives.