Six Journalist killed in Mexico in less than a month.

Freedom of expression still under attack.

By Alejandro Gonzalez, Deborah Jeggli, Jaime Carro and Susana Andres.

Marco Avila was the last journalist to be killed in less than a month, he was found stuffed in a garbage bag on a road sideline in the northwestern state of Sonora.


His death came just a few days after another journalist was found dead in a car´s boot in Cuernavaca, which is a central Mexican city, not just that, several days before, three more journalists were discovered in the state of Veracruz.


These deads, plus the dead of the correspondent for the news magazine “Proceso” on April 28th make a total of 6 murders in less than one month, becoming not just a simple problem which needs to be solved by Mexican authorities, but a problem that has called the attention of important International Organizations such as Amnesty International.


“Mexican state and federal authorities must redouble their efforts to protect journalists and human rights defenders and stop the targeted killings, which present a grave threat to freedom of expression”, claimed Rupert Knox, Amnesty International´s Mexico researcher.

“The authorities rarely identify or bring to justice those responsible for attacks on journalists, creating a climate a fear and vulnerability amongst those still brave enough to continue their work. It is vital that full and impartial investigations are carried out immediately, including making use of new federal investigative powers, into each of these cases, to ensure the killers are brought to justice.”


The persistent drug war in Mexico and corruption among government authorities and police in the different states, which compose the country, have made the profession of journalism, a very dangerous profession to exert.

At least 81 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 (according to Mexico´s National Human Rights Commission), with a further 14 disappeared, being perpetrators rarely brought to justice.


The latest killings represent an ongoing wave of violence against the journalist collective across Mexico. Organized criminal groups have killed over a 50.000 individuals in the last five years.


All these facts mentioned above have led some media organizations stop tracking information and covering organized crime, among them is the newspaper “El Mañana”, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The newspaper announced its decision to self-censor after its offices were sprayed with bullets earlier this month.


This problem is asking for international intervention.



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