Press workers in Mexico face poor wages, job insecurity and a high risk work environment. "The profession's standing has diminished because people know it's dangerous to be a journalist and, furthermore, it doesn't pay well," said Ariel Muñoz, president of the University of Morelia, in an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
The federal telecommunications commissioner in Mexico, Mony de Swaan, announced that it was possible to bid for two new television channels before 2015. That year is the deadline to transition television signals from analog to digital in Mexico, according to the news agency EFE.
The Mexican Secretary of Government announced the 17 members that make up the Advisory Council for the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, reported the news agency Notimex.
The state government of Puebla filed a legal complaint against two journalists for "abusing freedom of expression" and the local press reported that the government is considering 17 more similar cases, according the news agency AFP.
Story Hunter, a global community of video reporters, recently released a four-minute documentary on the threats Mexican reporters face in Veracruz, a state where 11 journalists have been killed in the last 18 months. The Gulf-state of Veracruz is considered one of the 10 most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The Houston Chronicle unceremoniously closed its Mexico City bureau on Friday, Oct. 19, ending veteran foreign correspondent and bureau chief Dudley Althaus' 23-year run in the country, reported McClatchy Newspapers’ Tim Johnson on the blog Mexico Unmasked on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Mexican journalists denounced police attacks that interfered with their coverage of student protests in the city of Cherán, Michoacán, reported the organization Article 19.
Two Mexican journalists accused four police officers in the state of Puebla of abusing their authority after they detained the reporters and robbed them, reported the newspaper Milenio.
The state attorney for Baja California, Mexico arrested the alleged killer of journalist Abel López Aguilar, according to Azteca Noticias. López was the editor for the news website Tijuana Informativo and was found dead on the morning of Monday, Oct. 15.
Editor and photojournalist Abel López Aguilar was killed on Monday early morning in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, in the state of Baja California Norte, several national and international media outlets informed.