Mexican journalist wins US asylum bid

August 31, 2011 03:05


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EL PASO, Texas - A Mexican television cameraman who was kidnapped by a drug cartel in northern Mexico last year has been granted political asylum in the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco, 45, who worked as a cameraman for a Televisa affiliate in the city of Torreon, in northern Coahuila state, was granted asylum in El Paso, Texas, the office of his attorney Carlos Spector said.

Hernandez was among four journalists abducted by drug traffickers in northern Durango state in July 2010, after they had covered a riot at a jail in Gomez Palacio.

Their captors said they would not be released unless a local television station, owned by Televisa and a local affiliate for Milenio, aired videos that showed the confessions of people in captivity accusing rival gangsters of corrupting local police and officials, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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