Sanjuana Martínez

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Sanjuana Martínez Montemayor
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Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

Sanjuana Martínez Montemayor is a Mexican journalist born on 1963 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, who writes for Proceso magazine and for La Jornada newspaper.[1] She studied at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Nuevo León, Mexico.

Martínez did graduate studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has investigated issues related to human rights, gender violence, terrorist activity, and organized crime in Mexico, in the United States, and in Europe. She has worked for Diario de Monterrey, Canal 2 de Monterrey, Proceso magazine. She worked for Proceso magazine as a correspondent to Madrid for 18 years.

Martínez has studied and reported on the migratory phenomena of Europe and North Africa. She toured the Mexico–United States border to report on the details of the daily toils of Mexican migrants. As a correspondent she covered the various crises of the Catholic Church and delved into pedophile crimes committed by the clergy. She investigated the case of priest Nicolás Aguilar Rivera, who was accused of abusing several children in Mexico and in the United States.[2]

For her work Martínez has won several awards including the Mexican National Journalism Award in 2006 and the Ortega y Gasset Award in 2008.

In 2006, Martínez received death threats after publishing her book El manto púrpura which focuses on a boy who was allegedly sexually abused by Mexican priest Nicolás Aguilar.[3] On July 5, 2012 she was arrested and detained for 24 hours due to a civil custody dispute.[4] The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the arrest saying that "the judge who ordered the detention was the subject of critical reporting by Martínez in 2008."[5] Reporters Without Borders described the arrest as abuse of authority because she was detained by armed police, which is unusual in a civil case.[6]


  • La cara oculta del Vaticano de Ratzinger a Benedicto XVi : el Papa inquisidor. México, D.F.: Plaza Janés. 2005. ISBN 9789685958554.
  • Sí se puede: el movimiento de los hispanos que cambiará a Estados Unidos. México, D.F.: Grijalbo. 2006. ISBN 9780307383594.
  • Manto púrpura: pederastia clerical en tiempos del cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera. México, D.F.: Grijalbo. 2006. ISBN 9789707802513.
  • Prueba de fe: la red de cardenales y obispos en la pederastia clerical. México, D.F .: Editorial Planeta Mexicana. 2007. ISBN 9789703707133.
  • Se venden niños. México, D.F.: Editorial Planeta Mexicana. 2009. ISBN 9786070701627.
  • La frontera del narco. México, D.F.: Editorial Planeta Mexicana. 2011. ISBN 9786070709104.
  • Periodismo incómodo: la entrevista reveladora. Monterrey, Nuevo León: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. 2012. ISBN 9786074331110.

Co-authored books[edit]

  • Voces de Babel Editorial Alfaguara (2004)
  • Montaner, Gina, ed. (2006). "La voluntad es clara: "legalización para todos"". Un día sin inmigrantes: quince voces, una causa. México, D.F.: Grijalbo. ISBN 9789685965071.
  • Zepeda Patterson, Jorge, ed. (2008). "Juan Sandoval Íñiguez: cardenal de los ricos". Los intocables. México, D.F.: Editorial Planeta Mexicana. ISBN 9786077000259.
  • De los cuates pa' la raza. Editorial Para Leer en Libertad (2010).
  • Antología 3 años leyendo en libertad (2013)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • National Journalism Award 2006 (Mexico)
  • First National Journalism Prize 2007 awarded by the Journalists Club of Mexico
  • Ortega y Gasset Prize awarded by the newspaper El País for "Best Research Paper" version 25 of the Ortega y Gasset Prize for Journalism
  • Ronda Award for Investigative Journalism, 2008
  • Rodolfo Walsh Award at the 2008 Semana Negra Festival in Gijón, Spain, for best work of nonfiction with her book Prueba de la fe, la red de cardenales y obispos en la pederastia clerical.[7]
  • Recognition given by the Feminist Alliance of Nuevo León on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "for her prominent role as a journalist to denounce and defend the most vulnerable of society such as children, girls and women." (2008)
  • Medal awarded by the Autonomous University of Nuevo León on its 75th Anniversary for "the invaluable contribution of her work" (2008)
  • National Journalism Award José Pagés Llergo in the category of Human Rights (2009)
  • Finalist for the New Journalism Prize by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation with the report "El Vallenato de Los Tapados" published in Gatopardo magazine (2010)
  • Omecihuatl Medal 2011 for her outstanding commitment to the rights of women and for her contribution to building a more just and democratic society.
  • First Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize 2011 awarded by the European Union.
  • National Journalism Award 2011 awarded by the Journalists Club of Mexico, in the category of national interest work by spreading investigative reporting.
  • Rodolfo Walsh Prize for her book La Frontera del Narco at the Semana Negra of Gijón 2012.


  1. ^ EFE (6 July 2012). "Periodista Sanjuana Martínez es puesta en libertad". La Crónica de Hoy. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ Overend, William (12 April 1988). "Priest Formally Charged in Sex Abuse of 10 Boys". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. ^ AFP (23 November 2006). "Amenazan de muerte a la reportera Sanjuana Martínez". La Jornada. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Mexican journalist released after 24 hours in prison". Committee to Protect Journalists. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  5. ^ "CPJ concerned about arrest of Mexican journalist". Committee to Protect Journalists. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Campaigning journalist Sanjuana Martinez victim of abuse of authority". Reporters Without Borders. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  7. ^ EFE / OOCH (18 July 2008). "La mexicana Sanjuana Martínez, premiada en Semana Negra". El Informador. Retrieved 8 October 2013.