MEXICO: KILLING THE MESSENGER

A reasonable conjecture is that many undertrained, underpaid, and overworked reporters may have died after they failed to obey particularly distasteful instructions, or unwittingly pointed their cameras at something a local narco wished to keep hidden.
Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, Aug 19, 2015
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ive young people were murdered in Mexico City on the afternoon of July 31, 2015. One of the victims was Rubén Espinosa, a photojournalist from the province of Veracruz, which is considered the most dangerous area for journalist in Latin America. Espinosa had recently fled from the city of Xalapa — where he worked — to Mexico City, which is considered a safe haven for journalists, activists and intellectuals. The investigation into the murders were misguided, with no attempt to investigate beyond a standard robbery-homicide and his profession was not taken into account. But all signs point to a premeditated murder, with all of the victims having been executed. The government in Veracruz has turned a blind eye, with the press being largely corrupted either by the government or the powerful local gangs. Journalists in the area that are not co-opted by the gangs will be faced with threats, intimidation and possibly even murder. The government has offered little help to the journalists, who the government sees as adversarial by nature. With the government ignoring the murder of journalists, they are additionally helping gangs retain power and spread their influence.

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