MAG Silver to Challenge Illegal Eviction From Cinco de Mayo

MAG Silver to Challenge Illegal Eviction From Cinco de Mayo 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/20/12 -- MAG Silver
Corp. (TSX:MAG)(NYSE MKT:MVG)(NYSE Amex:MVG) ("MAG" or the "Company")
On Monday afternoon, MAG issued a press release responding to reports
from local media in Mexico that landholders from the local community
of Ejido Benito Juarez (the "Ejido") voted during an assembly meeting
on the evening of Saturday, November 17, to expel MAG from its Cinco
de Mayo property and establish a 100 year mining moratorium over the
area. This press release is being issued to provide further detail
surrounding the events of November 17 and the actions being taken by
MAG to protect its interests.  
MAG reiterates its strong view that the November 17 assembly meeting
was illegally called and orchestrated by a small group of radical
agrarian activists, known as El Barzon, who are opposed to mining and
industrial agricultural development in the region. MAG has been
advised by several local sources that key signatures required to
properly call the meeting were fraudulent. Significant concerns have
also been expressed by local community members that the vote taken at
the meeting was fraught with irregularities, including a significant
number of votes being cast by unverified proxies and the exclusion
from the meeting of voting members of the Ejido who are supportive of
MAG's activities due to the economic benefit they bring to the
region.   
MAG also notes that the Ejido assembly has no ability at law to
impose a ban on mining as mining is an activity that falls under
Federal jurisdiction. While permission of the Ejido assembly is
required to obtain surface access, MAG believes that the El Barzon
group and its supporters do not represent the will of the majority of
the 421 voting members of the Ejido or the 12,000 other citizens in
the project area. In fact, over the past two months, MAG has been
working to have a properly constituted assembly of the Ejido called
to vote on surface access permissions required for ongoing
exploration at Cinco de Mayo. The illegal meeting of November 17
appears to be an attempt by a small group of radicals to thwart a
free and open vote in a properly sanctioned assembly.  
MAG is in the process of pursuing legal remedies at State and Federal
levels to have the November 17 meeting declared null and void. MAG
remains highly confident that the illegal resolutions will not be
permitted to stand. MAG will also concurrently ask government
officials to oversee a new assembly meeting of the Ejido to ensure
that the necessary procedural and governance rules are respected and
the vote is properly conducted. MAG has every reason to believe that
it has the support of a majority of the members of the Ejido and that
the requisite authorizations will be obtained in due course at a
properly constituted meeting.   
As previously reported, MAG had been in the process of negotiating
ordinary course surface access permissions from various stakeholders,
including the Ejido in question, in connection with MAG's application
for the necessary "Soil Use Change Permits" required to continue its
exploration activities on the Cinco de Mayo project. Given MAG's
long-standing and productive working relationship with these
stakeholders, MAG anticipated obtaining the requisite Ejido
permission and to receive final permit approval sometime in the first
quarter of 2013. However, on October 22, 2012, a member of the Ejido
group who was also a leader of El Barzon, and his wife, were murdered
while driving on the highway outside of Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua.
Following these murders, vicious rumours were propagated by
individuals sympathetic to El Barzon alleging that MAG was somehow
involved in this heinous act. On October 23, 2012, MAG posted a
statement strenuously denying any such involvement. Until recently,
it appeared that efforts to use this tragic incident as a basis to
interfere with MAG's activities were losing momentum. Unfortunately,
the events of November 17 appear to be a further step in a carefully
orchestrated scheme to undermine MAG's legal rights and thwart the
will of the community at large.   
MAG intends to vigorously defend its rights through legal and
diplomatic channels and to take steps to ensure that the illegal and
misguided activities of a fringe group are not permitted to interfere
with the will of the larger Ejido community.  
MAG is holding an investor conference call with MAG's President and
CEO, Dan MacInnis, and MAG Director, Peter Megaw, on Tuesday,
November 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm Eastern time (9:30 am Pacific time) to
address this matter. To participate, please dial BC local: (778)
371-9827; TO local: (647) 427-7450 or toll-free (888) 231-8191 and
request access to the "MAG Silver Conference Call". A replay of the
conference call will also be available by calling 416-849-0833 or
1-855-859-2056, conference ID: #73507580. 
About MAG Silver Corp. (www.magsilver.com)  
MAG is focused on district scale projects located within the Mexican
Silver Belt. Our mission is to become one of the premier companies in
the silver mining industry. MAG is conducting ongoing exploration of
its portfolio of 100% owned properties in Mexico including a silver,
lead and zinc discovery and a moly-gold discovery at its 100% owned
Cinco de Mayo property in Chihuahua State. MAG and Fresnillo plc are
also jointly developing the Valdecanas Vein and delineating the
Desprendido and Juanicipio vein discoveries on the Juanicipio Joint
Venture in Zacatecas State. MAG is based in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. Its common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol
MAG and on the NYSE MKT under the symbol MVG. 
On behalf of the Board of MAG SILVER CORP. 
Dan MacInnis, CEO & Director 
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the US Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this
release, other than statements of historical facts are forward
looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not
always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate",
"plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project",
"predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might",
"should", "believe" and similar expressions. These statements involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may
cause actual results or events to differ materially from those
anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Although MAG believes
the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are
based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees
of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, changes
in commodities prices, changes in mineral production performance,
exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of
capital and financing, and general economic, market or business
conditions, political risk, currency risk and capital cost inflation.
In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to various risks,
including that data is incomplete and considerable additional work
will be required to complete further evaluation, including but not
limited to drilling, engineering and socio-economic studies and
investment. The reader is referred to the Company's filings with the
SEC and Canadian securities regulators for disclosure regarding these
and other risk factors. There is no certainty that any forward
looking statement will come to pass and investors should not place
undue reliance upon forward-looking statements. 
Please Note: Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures
in MAG's annual and quarterly reports and other public filings,
accessible through the Internet at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov. 
Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor the NYSE MKT has reviewed or
accepted responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news
release, which has been prepared by management. 
Contacts:
MAG Silver Corp.
Gordon Neal
VP Corp. Development
(604) 630-1399 or Toll Free: (866) 630-1399
(604) 681-0894 (FAX)
info@magsilver.com
www.magsilver.com
 
 
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