Mike O'Connor | War reporter, advocate, 67
Mr. O'Connor, the Mexico representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists, suffered a heart attack in his sleep, according to his wife, Tracy Wilkinson, bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.
Hard on those he felt were failing to protect reporters, Mr. O'Connor showed boundless sympathy for journalists struggling to maintain careers and personal lives in the face of threats.
"He would spend hours over the phone with local journalists in the most isolated places in Mexico, just to listen to the stories and to try to help them cope with fear," said Carlos Lauria, Americas program coordinator for the New York-based nonprofit where Mr. O'Connor worked since 2009.
He was one of the most important forces behind a 2012 Mexican law giving federal authorities greater powers to prosecute crimes against journalists in Mexico. The Committee to Protect Journalists says 29 have been killed in the country in retaliation for their work since 1992. - AP