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Documentary shows poor working conditions for journalists in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

When you think about the situation of journalists in Mexico, the first image that comes is one of violence. And for good reason. The country is considered the most dangerous in the American continent to practice this profession. In 2017 alone, at least 11 journalists have been recorded as killed for reasons related to their work. Read more »


After the murder of journalist Javier Valdez, Mexican press in Sinaloa is self-censoring, but seeks international support

The press in Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico, no longer conducts investigative journalism following the death of Javier Valdez, a journalist from the Sinaloan weekly newspaper Ríodoce, who was killed on May 15 of this year. Read more »


Assistant to police reporter killed in Guanajuato, Mexico

Juan Carlos Hernández Ríos, 29, was shot dead upon arriving at his home on the night of Sept. 5 in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The killers were two unknown men who, according to the neighbors, had been waiting for him for hours. Hernández died in the hospital, reported Mexican site Sin Embargo. Read more »


Mexican journalist killed in Veracruz while under government protection

This story was updated to provide more information about the murder as well as the protection mechanism protecting Ríos.

Mexican journalist Cándido Ríos Vázquez was killed in southern Veracruz on Aug. 22, 2017 despite being under the federal government program to protect journalists. Read more »


International organizations view Mexican initiative #AgendaDePeriodistas with optimism

Almost a decade ago, Brazilian journalist Marcelo Moreira traveled to Mexico for the first time to participate in a working group to study the situation of journalists in that country, considered then and now the most dangerous place to practice journalism in Latin America. Read more »


Mexican radio journalist survives stabbing in Puebla

A Mexican radio journalist in the state of Puebla is recovering after an attack on his life.

On Aug. 15, Fredy Morales Salas was stabbed fifteen times and his throat was cut by intruders at his home in Venustiano Carranza in the Sierra Norte of Puebla near the state of Veracruz. Read more »


Mexican initiative #AgendaDePeriodistas proposes combatting impunity and strengthening journalism as a profession

Valuing journalistic work in Mexico, ending impunity of attacks against journalists and strengthening the guild are the preliminary objectives of the participants of the working groups of the #AgendaDePeriodistas initiative, which seeks to create an organization and a working plan to combat violence against the press in that country.

In the first phase of the initiative during six working groups that were held in June in Mexico City, more than 500 participants made proposals of objectives to pursue. Journalists have since organized and worked on these proposals. Read more »


Jorge Ramos wins García Marquéz Recognition of Excellence and dedicates it to journalists killed for questioning power

In his more than 30 years as a journalist, Jorge Ramos has dedicated himself to holding power to account, to being a rebel, to disobeying, something he advises the next generations of journalists to do. Read more »


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