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Journalists Under Threat in Mexico as Five News Professionals Are Attacked in March

LADB Article ID: 80266
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-04-05
By: Carlos Navarro

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, particularly those who cover a police beat. Five journalists were attacked in Mexico in March, and three of them died instantly. A fourth journalist remained in critical condition after sustaining bullet wounds. A fifth news professional escaped harm, but a bodyguard was murdered. The death toll for news professionals so far in 2017 would match the pattern in 2016, when nearly one journalist a month was assassinated during the year. Last year, Mexico ranked third in terms of journalist murders, surpassed only by two countries where conflict prevails: Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which is based in Brussels. Since 2006, 101 journalists have been killed in Mexico, according to Artículo 19, the Mexican affiliate of the British journalists-rights organization Article 19. Last year’s death toll was the highest in any year, but 2008 and 2010 came close to that number, with 10 journalists killed in each of those years. The March attacks mostly took place in states where criminal organizations have been active for a long time: Veracruz, Guerrero, Chihuahua, and Baja California Sur, an area where drug activity is increasingly growing.

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