By: E&P Staff
Olivia Ward | thestar.com
Luis Horacio Najera first stared death in the face when he was 19. A police officer was lying in the wreckage of his car after a catastrophic accident, and Najera, then a young journalism intern, found himself reluctantly watching as the dying man met his gaze.
“In life, there’s a spark in the eyes,” he said. “In death, I saw, they are like marbles.”
It was a premonition of the many horrific deaths Najera would be reporting as a journalist on Mexico’s violent borders. And one that haunted him through years of death threats while documenting abuses of human rights by drug cartels and Mexican security forces.
On Thursday, Najera will be one of five journalists honored for “fearless reporting” by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.