U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne used the occasion of  World Press Freedom Day on May 3 to urge attention to what he called “alarming levels of impunity” in crimes against reporters in Mexico where, “We have yet to see a successful conviction at the federal level for crimes against journalists.”

Article 19, a U.K.-based international press freedom watchdog, reported an 80% increase in acts of aggression (physical attacks, threats, beatings, kidnappings, killings, etc.) against the Mexican press in the two years of the Peña Nieto Administration. The group recorded  656  cases of aggression,  including six reporters killed. Most of these crimes go unpunished.

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