Latin America

Mexico continues to be the most dangerous place to be a journalist in Latin America

The recent assassinations of journalists in Mexico highlight the general increase in violence the country has seen over recent years

mexico Mexican journalists staged nationwide protests to denounce the recent murders of three reporters. Photo: Sáshenka Gutiérrez/EFE via Folhapress
Mexican journalists staged nationwide protests to denounce the recent murders of three reporters. Photo: Sáshenka Gutiérrez/EFE via Folhapress

The new year in Mexico has seen a wave of assassinations of journalists, as one of the most violent countries in the world continues to struggle with violent deaths linked to organized crime and state corruption. In January alone, four journalists were victims of homicides that could be tied to their reporting. This represents more than half of last year’s total, according to NGO Artículo 19 which keeps track of statistics. 

The most notable case has been that of Lourdes Maldonado in Tijuana, a border town in the northern state of Baja California. The reporter had traveled to Mexico’s...

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