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Prosecutor's office in charge of investigating murders of journalists in Mexico dismisses 68% of cases because of finding no relation with their line of work in news media

"68.1% of the murders of journalists are dismissed by the Special Prosecutor's Office for Attention to Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression (Feadle) [of Mexico], because in its investigations it did not find any relation with the news media work. This federal agency was created on July 5, 2010. Since then and until April 30, 2022, its record of open files for murders of journalists amounts to 97. However, in only 31 - equivalent to 31.9% - does it maintain investigations with possible causes associated with the journalistic work of the victims.

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It is worrying that Feadle has arbitrary criteria to determine whether or not there is a link between the homicide of a journalist and his or her journalistic work, Luis Knapp, Defense Coordinator at Artículo 19, told Publimetro.

Article 19's list of murdered journalists in Mexico registers 100 attacks during the mentioned period. In all of them, they observed elements to link the crime with the profession of the victimized."

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