The Culture of Fear Among Mexican Journalists
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Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Since 2000, more than 82 journalists have been killed as a result of their work covering organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption. Vulnerable journalists have nowhere to turn for help, as government authorities are often incapable or unwilling to protect them. These factors have instilled a culture of fear among journalists that has resulted in mass self-censorship. As Mexico's leadership changed on Saturday with the swearing in of President Enrique Peña Nieto, Freedom House urges the new administration to commit to the protection of journalists by improving coordination with the states, maintaining collaboration with civil society, and strengthening the largely ineffective protection mechanism for journalists mandated in 2012 by The Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.
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