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Mexico's press faces violence and murder

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, a special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists finds. Mexico's president tells CPJ he will prioritize journalist safety but less than two weeks later Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas is murdered outside his newspaper office.

Valdez: A brave and beloved journalist
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Mexican journalist abducted in Michoacán state

Members of a citizen's "self-defense" group patrol La Mira, Mexico, May 9, 2014. The Tierra Caliente region has been the site of fighting between organized crime and vigilante groups for years. (AP/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico City, May 22, 2017--Mexican authorities must undertake every effort to secure the safe release of journalist Salvador Adame Pardo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gunmen abducted Adame, director of the television station 6TV, on May 18 from the central Mexican town of Nueva Italia.

May 22, 2017 6:02 PM ET

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Mexican journalists robbed

Unidentified gunmen in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on May 13, 2017, robbed seven journalists and threatened to kill them, according to press reports and other journalists who spoke with the victims.

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Mexican journalist flees state after receiving threats

Independent journalist Fabián García Castrejón fled the western Mexican state of Nayarit on May 15, 2017, after someone painted threats on the wall of his home, according to the journalist, officials, and media reports.

May 19, 2017 2:56 PM ET

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a denial of service (DOS) attack that would take the publication's website offline for days. The death threats against Javier in reprisal for his reporting on organized crime and corruption continued until his brutal murder today in his home city of Culiacán, but he refused a life in exile or a life without journalism. "To die," he said in an interview with CPJ, "would be to stop writing."

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Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, pictured at a book launch in November 2016. The Mexican journalist was killed in Sinaloa state May 15. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

New York, May 15, 2017--The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in 2003 in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, according to reports.

May 15, 2017 4:31 PM ET

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Mexican president pledges to prioritize journalist safety and combat impunity

President Enrique Peña Nieto, left, pledged in a meeting with a CPJ delegation, right, to make ending impunity and keeping journalists safe a priority. (Los Pinos)

Mexico City, May 4, 2017-- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today pledged to prioritize combating impunity in the murders of journalists for the remainder of his term, which ends next year. He said the safety and protection of journalists would also be a priority.

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

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 end impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Published May 3, 2017

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This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program.

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

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No Excuse

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 practice journalism here means to work in a climate of corruption and impunity. This is not fiction. It’s the essence of the country.

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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 disappeared. But in nearly every case of a journalist murdered in direct retaliation for their work, justice remains elusive and impunity continues to be the norm.

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