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CPJ's Carlos Lauría talks about Mexican press crisis

CPJ’s Senior Program Coordinator for the Americas Carlos Lauría was live on the national radio show “The Takeaway” this morning talking about the ongoing deterioration of the media environment in Mexico. Lauría was joined by New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Malkin from Mexico City.

The focus of the segment was on four journalists being held hostage in Mexico’s Laguna region and more broadly about the dangers the country’s press face trying to report on not only corruption and drug cartels, but even local politicians and government.

According to CPJ research, Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. More than 30 journalists have been killed or disappeared in the country since President Felipe Calderón was elected in 2006.

“The Takeaway” is a national morning news program produced in partnership with The New York Times, the BBC World Service, WNYC, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston.

Listen online to the audio segment here.

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"Media outlets have social responsibilities and have to serve the public," said Carlos Lauria, of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. "This is being produced by someone who is not doing it from a journalistic perspective. He is doing it without any ethical considerations."

And are you on someones payroll?