The Dangers for Journalists in Mexico

Mexico has become the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the press, according to Reporters Without Borders. A total of 32 journalists have been murdered and seven disappeared since 2000. With nine journalists murdered in 2006, it ranked second only to Iraq worldwide.

The world of organized crime is one of the biggest threats to their safety, and local journalists are more at risk than those from other countries. However, the death of North American journalist Brad Will in Oaxaca last year demonstrates that international journalists are also at risk.

In 2005 the Mexican Government crated a special prosecutor to look into the dangers for journalists, but the organism is very limited.

Violence against journalists in Mexico is increasing, according to local sources and NGOs. Bribery and corruption used to be more popular forms of controlling the media, but murder and physical violence are becoming increasingly common. A culture of impunity means that violence against journalists often goes unpunished.

Alexandra Jimenez, information and analysis coordinator at the Foundation of Manuel Buendia, a foundation set up in memory of the Mexican murdered journalist, spoke to NewCorrespondent about the dangers journalists working in Mexico face.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: