Tim MacFarlan

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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 have also reported and produced for television and am expanding my skills as a broadcast journalist.

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After a huge explosion at an illegal fuel pipeline tap killed dozens of people in Hidalgo north of Mexico City, I headed straight to the scene to produce this report, illustrated with my own photographs, for Al Jazeera


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The town of Tultepec outside Mexico City is built around the fireworks industry, passing on the skills of hand making the explosives from generation to generation. But this has come at a price, with dozens of people having been killed in fatal accidents while making or selling fireworks. Despite this many in Tultepec are still willing to risk their lives to support their families and uphold the town’s reputation as the fireworks capital of Mexico. I produced this short documentary for CGTN America.


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With Mexicans across the country experiencing gas shortages as the government took drastic action to combat narco fuel thieves, I spoke to drivers waiting hours in line for fuel in Mexico City and took stills for this Fox News piece.


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The find of a 14,000-year-old mammoth skeleton in the town of Tultepec north of Mexico City has the potential to re-write our understanding of how long ago ancient humans existed on the North American continent. I produced this package for CGTN America.


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Tensions at the U.S. border with Mexico have escalated, with some Central American migrants trying to breach the crossing between Tijuana and California. Observers say it's a bid to pressure the U.S. to hear their asylum claims, as Alasdair Baverstock reports. I produced this package for CGTN America.


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English proficiency is down in Mexico according to recently published statistics. It’s a trend that English teachers in the country see as worrying for the next generations’ future. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports from Downtown Mexico City. I produced and filmed this Facebook Live for CGTN America.


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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán is accused of leading one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico. But at the start of his trial in New York he has claimed he is just a scapegoat and the actual leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel have Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on their side. I joined TRT World's Money Talks to talk about the story live from Mexico City.


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https://www.theepochtimes.com/stray-dogs-in-mexicos-magical-towns_2706197.html

Three so-called 'magical towns' in Mexico have been accused of poisoning street dogs in order to clean up their image for tourists, a claim that’s rejected by administrators of the towns. I investigated the troubling allegations levelled at authorities in some of Mexico's flagship 'Pueblos Mágicos' tourist destinations.


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https://www.theepochtimes.com/caravan-migrants-willing-to-climb-that-wall-claim-asylum-to-get-jobs_2710824.html

As the largest of the migrant caravans passing through Mexico reached Mexico City, I spoke to some of its members about the reasons they left their home countries and the challenges they face ahead, contributing reporting and photos to this Epoch Times piece.


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Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations honor those who’ve died by remembering them and the lives they lived. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock visited the town of Tultepec north of Mexico City to find out how locals celebrate in their own special way with a march in memory of deceased children. I produced this digital video about the 'Farolitos' parade, posted here on the CGTN America Facebook page.


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My live hit on the damage caused by Hurricane Willa once it hit land in Mexico.


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Hailed as the Airbnb for pets, DogHero is taking off in Mexico, a country where man’s best friend is number one. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock talked to a pet owner and her sitter. I produced this digital video which was posted to the CGTN America Facebook page.


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https://www.theepochtimes.com/for-the-family-of-the-disappeared-in-mexico-the-search-goes-on_2695451.html

A new government initiative in Mexico to help find thousands of missing people has received a lukewarm reception from family members of the 'desaparacidos.' I spoke to some of those lucky enough to have at least found the remains of their loved ones, victims of Mexico's vicious drug war, and some who are still searching.


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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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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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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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