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Lydia Cacho, the woman who dared to open Pandora's box
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Lydia Cacho, the woman who dared to open Pandora's box

17/04/2019
09:20
Mexico City
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It has been 14 years since the journalist was detained for the publication of her book, where she exposed the existence of a pederasty network that involved businessmen and officials

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The resolution issued by a Mexican tribunal to finally arrest those responsible for morally and physically hurting journalist Lydia Cacho should be celebrated. It has been 14 years since the journalist was detained for the publication of her book The Demons of Eden (Los demonios del Edén), where she exposed the existence of a pederasty network that involved businessmen and officials from the state of Puebla. As a result, the journalist and social activist was attacked, she then revealed she was kidnapped, beaten, and sexually abused by the police officers who detained her. The case horrified Mexican society and many raised their voices to demand the punishment of the aggressors and the compensation for damages for Lydia Cacho.

In late 2018, the case caused turmoil and confusion after a judge in Quintana Roo refused to issue an arrest warrant against the four men accused by Lydia Cacho, who were the intellectual and material authors of the aggression against her.

With a new federal administration, it seemed like the case of Lydia Cacho would change since January 2019, when she received an official apology from Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero, for the violation of her human rights, perpetrated by members of a state apparatus. Cacho was told the new government wasn't driven my particular interests, as in the case of previous administrations.

Lydia Cacho's case became emblematic in many senses. She presents the rise of a brave woman who dared to face two colluding powers: the economic and state powers by exposing a pederasty network involving high-ranking politicians and businessmen, who were protected by government authorities; as well as a journalist who exercised her right to freedom of speech even when she was tried to be silence in different ways, including intimidation and physical aggression.

It is essential that this case isn't closed and that each person involved is held accountable for their actions because it is unbelievable that it took Mexican justice over a decade to solve a case that generated interest all over the country. If this happened to a very public case, what can other people expect? It's time to deliver justice for everyone.

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