According to international organizations, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. Just this year alone Mexico has registered 10 murders, multiple kidnappings and numerous attacks against the media with guns, grenades and bombs. All of these cases have been compiled in a new map of threats to journalism in Mexico, created by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
The map identifies direct attacks on media and journalists during 2010, demonstrating the wave of violence that has shaken the Mexican press. Many of these attacks are linked to organized crime and the majority of these cases still remain unpunished.
The lack of safety for journalists is threatening freedom of expression in Mexico, resulting in various media choosing to remain silent in order to avoid being victims of the systematic attacks against communicators.
The map is part of a series of original projects from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and will be updated when new attacks occur. For more information about the project, read this story from the Knight Center.
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.