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    Journalists protesting recently in Mexico City. | Photo: Reuters

In the last decade 700 journalist have died worldwide, while in Mexico alone 80 have been killed and 20 disappeared.

In the last 15 years, 107 journalists have been killed in Mexico. Fifty of them in the past five years. There are also 20 journalists disappeared, according to the Mexican National Human Rights Commission president, Luis Raul Gonzalez.

The southwestern state of Veracruz continues to be the most dangerous place in Mexico to be a journalist with 16 deaths in 15 years.

Furthermore, according to news outlet Animal Politico, Mexico has been the most dangerous place to be a journalist in all of the Americas with 50 murders in the last five years. In the rest of the continent in that same period, 100 journalists were killed. Honduras is the second most dangerous place for a journalist with 28 deaths.

Gonzalez said that 20 journalists have been reported disappeared from April 2005 to October 2015.

Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in December 2012, at least 16 journalists have been killed, but the worst year on record in Mexico was 2011 when 19 journalists were killed. This was at the height of the so called war on drugs that then President Felipe Calderon declared.

In a recent statement, Article 19, the London-based freedom of expression organization, said that one journalist is victim of some kind of aggression each hour in Mexico.

The head of the Mexican human rights body, CNDH, said that even though there is apparently more freedom of expression currently in Mexico, “the risks of carrying out their profession has become more dangerous due to increased threats and aggressions.”

teleSUR reported in August that after the death of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, 104 journalists had been killed in Mexico in the past 15 years, and that according to the country's Attorney General’s office 25 journalists, not 20, had been disappared.

But in a country with the second highest rate of impunity in the world, very rarely are cases of crimes against journalists actually resolved. What's more, many journalists have lodged complaints against government violations to their rights and not one has been resolved, human rights defender David Sanchez told teleSUR recently.

ANALYSIS: Violence, Impunity in Mexico Put Governance, Democracy at Risk

 

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