Mexican Journalist Released From Detention Center

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – A Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas immigration facility while asking the U.S. government for asylum has been released from detention.

The attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his adult son, Oscar, said the two were released from the El Paso, Texas, facility without bond Thursday night. Gutierrez fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to land on a hit list. He has come within hours of deportation but is appealing the denial of his asylum request.

His lawyer, Eduardo Beckett, said Gutierrez has told him he is afraid of taking “one step into Mexico.”

Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalism, in league with Syria and Iraq.