Mexico slammed for failing to protect journalists

Despite promises of action by Peña Nieto and his predecessors Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox, Mexico's impunity rating has more than doubled since 2008
Journalist Karla Silva demands justice for the murder of colleagues Miroslava Breach, Ricardo Monlui and Cecilio Pineda earlier this year -Photo: Xóchitl Álvarez /EL UNIVERSAL
03/05/2017
16:19
Reuters
Mexico
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Three successive Mexican presidents have failed to halt a cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for their killers that is stifling freedom of expression, a watchdog group said on Tuesday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged President Enrique Peña Nieto to prioritize protection for the media in the last year of his government, after at least 21 journalists were slain in the past decade with "complete impunity."

"The pursuit of justice has failed categorically," CPJ said in a report on Mexico. "The system seems to be corrupt down to its very foundation; either that or it's simply incapable of achieving justice."

Mexico, where battles among rival drug cartels have left tens of thousands dead in recent years, has the sixth worst record in the world for resolving the murders of journalists, according to the CPJ.

Despite promises of action by Peña Nieto and his predecessors Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox, Mexico's impunity rating has more than doubled since 2008, it added.

The CPJ's impunity index is based on unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of a country's population.

The drug-ravaged state of Veracruz is now the deadliest region for the media in the Western hemisphere, the CPJ said.

CPJ said at least six journalists were murdered in retaliation for their work in Veracruz and three more went missing during the 2010 to 2016 administration of former governor Javier Duarte, recently detained in Guatemala over corruption allegations he denies.

The group said it was investigating at least 11 more cases in the state to determine if journalists were murdered over their work.

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