Bullet-proof vests offered to protect Mexican journalists

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  • August 30, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The Mexican press has become a target for drug-related violence, prompting a company to promote its bullet-proof vests as a way of protecting members of the media, according to Clarín and news agencies.

The Colombian business Miguel Caballero — which exports its products to more than 20 countries — is producing a vest similar to those worn by photographers, complete with pockets and the ability to block bullets of various calibers, reported EFE.

The violence in Mexico has resulted in 10 killings of journalists this year. In the case of the state of Chihuahua, a safety protocol recommends that reporters who cover violence use bullet-proof vests and helmets.

Still, the director of sales in Mexico for the Colombian business told EFE that reporters are resisting wearing the protective clothing. Sales have not increases, although the director believes they should have, considering the threats and attacks against journalist in Mexico.

Because Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism, according to La Prensa, the Honduran consulate in Mexico has recommended that Honduran media not send reporters to cover the massacre of 72 immigrants that occurred in the state of Tamaulipas.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.