News Photographer Found Slain In Mexico City

08/03/15 Huffington Post

800px-Camera_Zenit_122_left_viewMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.

Investigators are following protocols for crimes against journalists and crimes against women, as well as looking at robbery as a possible motive, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said in news conference.

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Attacks on Press Rose Under Mexican President Peña Nieto: Report

Latin Dispatch, 3/25/2015

censorshipAttacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s predecessor Felipe Calderón. Six journalists were murdered in 2014.

Nearly half of those threats, according to the report, came from government officials.

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Journalism is the Frontline, A Special Episode to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crime Against Journalists

11/01/14 Aljazeera

journalismIn this special edition of the Listening Post we mark the first ever UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. It is an event organised by dozens of media freedom and civil liberties groups who are out to stop the persecution, abduction and – in too many cases – the killing of journalists, at the hands of people who are seldom, if ever, prosecuted for their crimes, let alone convicted.

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Mexican authorities extend protection to journalist

08/07/14 Fox News Latino

policemanPolice in Mexico have extended protection to a journalist whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot last week in an attack on the family’s home.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued a statement earlier this week calling on Mexican authorities to protect Indalecio Benitez, director of La Calentana Mexiquense, a community radio station in the central state of Mexico.

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Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s most violent states, limits crime coverage

08/01/14 Los Angeles Times

censorshipIn one of Mexico’s most violent states, it is now illegal, essentially, for reporters to cover the violence.

New laws in Sinaloa, home to Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel and where kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sheltered for years, bar journalists from fully reporting news about crime.

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The true godfathers of ‘Narcoland’

m16 gun closeupCNN, 11/06/2013

Since December 2010, I have lived with death threats because I have documented and revealed corruption at the highest levels in the Mexican government. My family has been attacked, I have to live with bodyguards and some of my sources have been killed or are in jail.

But my case is just one of many. A large number of journalists and human rights activists — as well as those who denounce corruption in Mexico — receive similar threats or have been killed. And the biggest danger is not in fact the drug cartels, but rather the government and business officials that work for them and fear exposure.

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In Mexico, tweeting about the drug war to fill the void of traditional media

Twitter_256x256Nieman Journalism Lab, 3/15/2013

A study on social media use in Mexico found that Twitter users are taking up the role of informal correspondents on the sidelines of the country’s ongoing drug war. In cities like Monterrey, Veracruz, and Saltillo, Twitter users are spreading the word on shootings, arrests, and clashes between the cartels and police. And, researchers say, they’ve developed a kind of media-esque ecosystem that values traits like sourcing and attribution.

This is far from the first time conflict and citizen media have risen hand in hand, a pattern repeated in countries like Egypt and Syria, among others. That’s because there’s a common set of circumstances in many of these situations: “For many Mexicans, social media has become a fluid and participatory information platform that augments and often replaces traditional news media and governmental institutions,” the study says.

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