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Mexico's Press Freedom Group Article 19 Under Threat

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Mexican press gather in Ciudad Juarez in the Plaza del Periodista (Journalist Square) in solidarity for the murders and torture of Journalists Gabriel Huge, Esteban Rodriguez, William Moon and his partner Irasema Becerra on May 4, 2012 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Mexican press gather in Ciudad Juarez in the Plaza del Periodista (Journalist Square) in solidarity for the murders and torture of Journalists Gabriel Huge, Esteban Rodriguez, William Moon and his partner Irasema Becerra on May 4, 2012 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

MEXICO CITY -- The director of Mexico's chapter of the press freedom group Article 19 says the organization received a threatening letter and that he has filed a complaint with authorities.

Dario Ramirez says the typewritten letter that threatened him and the group's employees was slid under the door of their Mexico City offices before they arrived Friday morning.

The message threatens Ramirez with "beating him until his heart stops."

Ramirez says the organization has received threats over the phone before but nothing so "virulent" like the letter.

He says he is taking the threat seriously in light of the recent attacks against journalists and human rights activists.

Press advocates have long called Mexico one of the most dangerous nations for reporters.

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