Der PEN fragt – zur Meinungsfreiheit in Mexiko

Regula Venske mit Jon Ralston Saul und Viktor Elbling (Quelle: Deutsche Botschaft, Mexiko).

Regula Venske mit dem internat. PEN-Präsidenten John Ralston Saul (li.) und dem deutschen Botschafter in Mexiko, Viktor Elbling (Quelle: Deutsche Botschaft, Mexiko).

Die Generalsekretärin des deutschen PEN, Regula Venske, ist zur Zeit mit einer Delegation des internationalen PEN in Mexiko. In einer öffentlichen Veranstaltung unter dem Titel „PEN Pregunta“ (der PEN fragt) in der Casa Lamm, Mexico City, trugen bekannte Autoren kurze Statements vor, die sich nach dem Stand der Meinungsfreiheit in Mexiko erkundigten. Hier Regula Venskes Statement:
Cordial saludos on behalf of German PEN. We will never forget how generously Mexico offered asylum to Germans in the dark 1930s and ´40s. One of them was Walter Reuter, a photographer who had fought in the Spanish Civil War. It is in his name and memory that the German Embassy in Mexico City, together with several independent foundations, annually awards the Premio Alemán de Periodismo Walter Reuter, to encourage critical journalism in Mexico. Last year, 150 contributions were sent in, the topic being “The challenges of corruption”. Isn´t this a good sign? 150 journalists criticizing corruption. How are they doing their research? What risks do they take? What price will they – perhaps, ultimately – have to pay?
German PEN offers shelter to writers-in-exile, collegues who are being persecuted and endangered in their countries because of their writing. One of our guests was Ana Lilia Peréz, author of Camisas Azules, Manos Negras (Blue Shirts, Black Hands) and El Cártel Negro: Cómo el crimen organizado se ha apoderado de Pemex (both Random House). When she talked to a large audience at our annual congress last May, in the end some women were actually crying, begging Ana Lilia to stay in Germany and not return to Mexico and risk any dangers.
I am calling on the Mexican authorities: What is being done to protect the lives and voices of your so very courageous writers and journalists? When in 2016/17, the good Mexican-German relations will be celebrated by our two countries for a whole year, will we be able to celebrate “No more violence, no more persecution, no more corruption”?

John Ralston Saul, Regula Venske und Prof. Dr. Stefan Jost (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Mexico), beim Empfang im Franz Mayer Museum

John Ralston Saul, Regula Venske und Prof. Dr. Stefan Jost (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Mexico), beim Empfang im Franz Mayer Museum

John Ralston Saul, Regula Venske, Aline Davidoff (PEN-Präsidentin Mexico) und Prof. Dr. Stefan Jost (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Mexico)

John Ralston Saul, Regula Venske, Aline Davidoff (PEN-Präsidentin Mexico) und Prof. Dr. Stefan Jost (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Mexico)

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