Carlos Lauria and Blanche Petrich
In 2006, Mexico was second only to Iraq on the Reporters Without Borders list of countries most hostile to journalists. Carlos Lauria is the Americas program coordinator of CPJ, an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Blanche Petrich is a reporter for La Jornada, one of Mexico City's leading newspapers. Petrich broke the story of the arrest and torture of journalist Lydia Cacho-Ribeiro. Lauria and Petrich detail the conditions that journalists face in Mexico and other parts of the world.