The crisis of violence and impunity in Mexico, one of the countries with the highest number of crimes against journalists, shows no signs of abating.
Since early 2010 until now, at least 57 journalists and press workers have lost their lives whilst exercising their profession, in the general context of violence that is pounding the country since the beginning of the so-called “drugs war”.
Alongside the assassinations, we have to add the people who have gone missing, including at least 20 press workers.
As the IFJ reiterated in the Informe sobre amenazas a la libertad de prensa en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (2015), its report on threats to freedom of the press in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Mexico “journalists are a clear target for groups involved in organised crime and the sectors of power which are in league with them, in a country dominated by violence and impunity”.
Like the majority of human rights violations in this country, there seems to be no clear will amongst the political and judicial powers to reach a conclusion about who has authority over these crimes. As published in official statistics from the CNDH, (the ‘National Human Rights Commission’), some 89% of cases of aggression are not solved, which contributes to the general climate of fear and self-censorship which exists between social communicators, seriously endangering human rights and freedom of expression, lives and security.
In some areas of the country, such as Veracruz and Oaxaca, the situation is particularly delicate owing to the widespread infiltration of drug trafficking among state security forces.
Since the beginning of this year alone, the following media workers have lost their lives in Mexico: