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    For Periodista Refugees, There Are No Safe Havens

    “Shooting the messenger” isn’t just a metaphor in Mexico. In 2017, journalist murders there averaged one per month. That’s driven some into a federal protection program, but others fear the government even more than drug cartels. So they’ve fled north, where U.S. judges appear reluctant to grant asylum. The National Press Club gave one of them, Emilio Gutierrez Soto, its Press Freedom Award last year — before he and his son were whisked away to a Texas immigration jail. His asylum plea denied, he faces deportation, to become, he says, “another dead journalist.”

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