Tim MacFarlan

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* Ciudad de México, Mexico


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Tim MacFarlan

A reporter with more than five-and-a-half years' experience covering local, national and foreign news from the UK, now a freelancer based in Mexico City. I can provide words and stills but am branching out into television and radio. My Spanish is at an intermediate level.

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A year on from a devastating earthquake that struck Mexico City and killed dozens of people, hundreds of buildings are still uninhabitable and many of their former residents remain homeless. I attended a demonstration on the anniversary of the 19S sismo at an abandoned housing complex in the capital and spoke to those still trying to rebuild their lives.


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Diego Maradona's appointment as coach at a Mexican second division soccer team caught the world of sport by surprise. I spoke to fans of Los Dorados and a Mexican football expert to gauge his chances of success.


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Violence against a peaceful student protest by organised groups of thugs known as 'porros' hit Mexico's largest university UNAM at the beginning of September; my piece on an ugly but longstanding feature of campus life in Mexico.


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The killing of a cameraman in Cancún is the latest murder of a journalist in Mexico. I covered this, followed the trail of another recent journalist killing in Mexico City and spoke to press freedom advocates about the deteriorating climate for reporters in the country, who face threats to their lives from multiple origins.


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5943451/Corrupt-Mexican-medical-orderly-murdered-family-five.html

A medical orderly was accused of selling organs, operations and job promotions at a Mexico hospital – then murdering five family members when one deal went sour. I covered this story for DailyMail.com


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I went to the scene of a series of fatal explosions at a fireworks factory in Tultepec and procured this shocking video exclusive from a bystander. I also interviewed other witnesses for the written piece explaining why the area is famous for its artesanal firework makers - and why those involved will carry on despite there having been at least 70 deaths in less than two years.


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5784891/Fugitive-wife-ex-Mexican-governor-accused-looting-2-4bn-filmed-living-London.html

The amazing story that the wife of disgraced alleged kleptocrat and former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, was living the high life in one of the most exclusive parts of London broke through a tweet by the current governor of Veracruz. I watched and translated the video containing clandestine footage of Karime Macías for this MailOnline piece.


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5598311/Outbreak-murders-pregnant-women-unborn-child-cut-womb-Mexico.html

I covered this shocking story for MailOnline about a series of murders of pregnant women involving the removal of their unborn fetuses.


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Guanajuato is a stunning, multicoloured city with Unesco World Heritage status. I took advantage of five weeks I spent on a Spanish course there to write this travel piece revealing all the best places to go and things to do.


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Culiacán's Jardines del Humaya cemetery is infamous for its narco tombs, wildly expensive ornate structures of imported stone and marble built to honor former high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel drug lords. I visited with a local journalist to get the inside story on the macabre phenomenon.


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Mexico City is facing multiple ecological crises – it is sinking, drowning and drying out, all at the same time. A landscape architect at Mexico’s National Autonomous University thinks he has a solution – bringing back the native volcanic rock landscape of the Pedregal region of the city to allow water to percolate back through the soil and refill the dwindling aquifers. My story for TRT World.


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