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Two journalists arrested during Mexico City protests freed on bail

The two journalists still held since a police crackdown on protests in Mexico City on 1 September 2013 – Gustavo Ruíz Lizárraga of the alternative news agency SubVersiones and Pável Alejandro Primo Noriega of Multimedios Cronopios – were finally freed on the night of 5 September on bail of 15,800 pesos (approx. 900 euros) each.

They continue to face trial on several charges including endangering public order, but it is hoped that the judge may decide to dismiss the charges today (9 September) on the basis of evidence provided by their lawyers.

“We think the bail demanded for their release was exorbitant and we reiterate our call for the withdrawal of all the charges, which were completely inappropriate because they were just doing their job as journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“Justice will not be fully rendered until there is an investigation into the behaviour of the police during these demonstrations against education reform.”

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