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No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Despite authorities appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes against freedom of expression and establishing a protection mechanism for journalists, a lack of political will to...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

About This Report This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Covering corruption in Mexico means living with impunity By Adela Navarro Bello It is a feeling of frustration that stays with you. Current affairs in Mexico today are dominated by two prevalent issues: corruption and impunity. Every story, breaking news or media report originates from these two issues. And to...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Fighting impunity should be priority for Mexican government By Carlos Lauría Violence tied to drug trafficking and organized crime has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press. Since 2010, CPJ has documented more than 50 cases of journalists and media workers killed or...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Moisés Sánchez: Justice blocked by delays, errors As he was dragged from his home and into a waiting car, José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo pleaded with his attackers, “Please don’t hurt my family.” His wife, who at the time was embracing her two young grandsons, could only gaze in horror as...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Marcos Hernández Bautista: the rebel reporter Marcos Hernández Bautista usually brushed off death threats. But in January 2016, the reporter who regularly covered government corruption in towns near the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, received several menacing phone calls that seemed more serious and left him fearing...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz: A barbaric silencing Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz was not a journalist who went looking for danger. But living and working in a small town in Veracruz state—mired by gang warfare, human trafficking, and a lucrative trade in kidnap for ransom—meant he covered stories that...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Federal efforts to protect journalists fall short The Mexican government has responded to the crisis by creating a special federal prosecutor to investigate attacks against the press and a safety mechanism to help at-risk reporters. But journalists with whom CPJ spoke say the measures don’t go far enough....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

December 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel...

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