Harriet Martineau Lecture: Speaking Truth to Power

26 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
12.30 - 1.30pm

For this year’s Harriet Martineau Lecture we welcome two of Mexico’s finest journalists, Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández, who will describe their international campaign to lay bare the shocking corruption and violence of the government. Their work has resulted in the persecution of their families, attacks on their homes and a persistent threat to their lives; in fact, almost one hundred Mexican journalists have been murdered for trying to speak the same truth to power.

Cacho and Hernández’s determination to change the world’s view of Mexico and heal the country’s many sorrows draws strong parallels with Harriet Martineau, who wrote openly against discrimination, slavery and corruption in Britain and the US.

The Harriet Martineau Lecture is held in Norwich annually, celebrating the legacy of this remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work. 

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About the speakers

Lydia Cacho is an internationally admired Mexican journalist-campaigner. She became a cause celebre with her book, Demons of Eden, which exposed a paedophilia ring invovling Mexico's richest businessman, his friend the governor and an array of 'big men'. She took the ring to trial but was jailed and abused herself before winning her argument and her freedom. She is a columnist on El Universal, a prominent feminist activist against violence, and teaches workshops on how to help trafficking victims. She has been named UNESCO World Press Freedom Hero and in 2010 received the PEN International Writer of Courage Prize. Website

Lydia Cacho: 'They want to erase journalists in Mexico' (Guardian, April 2015)

Dangerous Women Project: Lydia Cacho (Dangerous Women Project, Dec 2016)

Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente.

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (Verso Books, 2016)

'Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie' (Guardian, Sept 2013)