Shooting the Messenger

via Violence Against the Press in Mexico. A trip summary from Dolia Estévez

The combination of corrupt state governments and powerful organized crime networks leaves local reporters with little recourse when they are pressured to censor their work or as they seek justice following an attack. In fact, several sources concurred that the attacks do not only come from criminal organizations, but also from the military and government itself. (…) Internationally renowned TV and radio journalist Carmen Aristegui talked about a previous effort, called Proyecto Fénix , which was also based on the Colombian example. Each time that a journalist was killed, harassed or attacked the rest of the group would, based on a prior agreement, join together in covering the story that the victim was working on. Aristegui went on to point out that, over time, impunity breeds apathy, and after a couple of rounds the project ceased. The failure of federal and local authorities to effectively prosecute crimes against reporters, media and NGOs interviewees agreed, has resulted in almost total impunity.



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