WorldViews: Mexican journalist suffers brutal beating after critical stories

By Joshua Partlow, September 11, 2014

For more than a year, Karla Silva typed out the news in a cramped storefront office for El Heraldo de Leon, a newspaper in the central Mexican town of Silao.

The front door was always open, she said, so that passing residents could drop off tidbits of local interest. The city styled itself as a tourist destination, but the 24-year-old reporter’s stories sometimes explored darker themes. Last month, she quoted a local leader accusing the mayor of ignoring the plight of farmers and the crime wave in the area. She wrote about a video circulating of a rough police arrest and an “extreme abuse of authority.”

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