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Reporters sans Frontières Calls Mexico Most Dangerous Country for Journalists

LADB Article ID: 80345
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-07-12
By: Carlos Navarro

After the murder of a seventh journalist in Mexico this year, Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders, RSF) declared Mexico as the most dangerous country in the world for reporters. In an open letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, RSF director general Christophe Deloire called the violence against journalists in Mexico “unacceptable” and “undignified.” “RSF, the international organization for the defense of the freedom of press, draws your attention to the fact that, in 2017, Mexico became the deadliest country in the world for journalists, higher than Syria, a country officially at war,” Deloire wrote on the day Peña Nieto was scheduled to travel to Paris to meet with recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron. The RSF letter was dated July 6, more than a week after authorities identified the charred body of Salvador Adame Pardo, owner and founder of a television station in Nueva Italia de Ruiz in Michoacán state. The body was actually recovered on June 14, but authorities took almost two weeks to make a positive identification on the remains, based on DNA tests.

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