Reporters Without Borders

Emilio Gutierrez Soto

Published on Monday 26 April 2010.
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Emilio Gutierrez is the first Mexican reporters seeking political asylum in the US. He began his journalist career in 1983, when the CEO and publisher of the newspaper “El Diario de Ciudad Juarez” of Nuevo Casas Grandes, in the state of Chihuahua, Osvaldo Rodriguez Borunda, invited him to join the paper as a reporter and founding editor. He remained in this job for three years before becoming a regional correspondent for northwest Chihuahua for the newspaper “El Universal de Ciudad Juarez.” Two years later, he moved to an area on the U.S. border and joined a major group of journalists working for “El Universal” who were covering rural news related to agriculture. Six months later, he changed his beat and began specializing in police matters, which he covered for three years.

He was then hired by the newspapers “El Fronterizo” and “El Mexicano” owned by Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), the largest newspaper company in Latin America, where he was still covering police matters and “special investigations.” Fired for “economic reasons,” along with several other journalists, they formed a partnership in order to found the magazine “Fusion,” of which he became the Managing Editor. He then left the business and created his own media outlet called “Revista. Edición quincenal,” which he ran for nearly a year.

He was a radio news announcer with “Reportero 970,” “Noticias 860,” “Radio Canon,” and “Que Buena,” in San Buenaventura, in the state of Chihuahua.

His next job was as a news correspondent for “El Diario del Noroeste,” a subsidiary of “El Diario de Juarez” in the cities of Joanos, Ascension, and Puerto Palomas de Villa, in Chihuahua, a border town near the U.S. city of Columbus, New Mexico.

He is currently awaiting the decision of authorities concerning his application for political asylum in the United States—a request which he also made on behalf of his son. He is the head of PEMEXX (“Periodistas Mexicanos en Exilio” - Mexican Journalists in Exile), comprised of ten media professionals who were forced to leave Mexico for the United States because of the prevailing uncertainty in their country, and who are hoping to be granted legal status, which would allow them to remain on American soil.

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