By Oisin Sweeney • 26 November 2020 • 11:00
MEXICAN authorities have revealed the grim milestone that journalist killings are at the highest level in a decade.
Since January, 19 journalists have lost their lives in Mexico which has long been considered the most dangerous country on Earth for media professionals. 138 journalists have been murdered since 2010, and yet only 5% of these killings have led to a criminal conviction for the perpetrator.
Alejandro Encinas, deputy Interior Minister for human rights, told a press conference that ‘over the last three years things have rebounded significantly, and this year is, unfortunately, the year when the highest number of homicides have been committed in the last decade’. The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), said that reporters become targets when their work provokes criminal gangs or corrupt officials.
Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador came to power in December 2018, 38 journalists have been killed across Mexico. In September the savage murder and beheading of crime reporter Julio Valdivia in Veracruz made international headlines. The cartel controlled states of Sonora, Guerrero, and Michoacan are considered the most dangerous for journalists in the country.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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