While a first glance, The Irish-Mexican Alliance might seem like an unorthodox partnership, last night's poetry and music fundraising event for CPJ at Connolly's Pub near Times Square proved otherwise.
On Monday, before a large audience of government officials, representatives of NGOs, reporters, and students, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauría, said that the level of crime violence, and corruption facing the press in Mexico, where more than 30 journalists have been murdered or have gone missing since Felipe Calderón took office in December of 2006, is destroying the country's journalism and forcing many reporters into self-censorship or exile. "Not only the drug trade and corruption are not being covered, but basic daily sensitive issues are being ignored as well," he said. "Self-censorship is pervasive."
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