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Mexican journalists march to highlight violence against media

By Steven Z.K. Nickels     Dec 12, 2009 in Crime
Mexican journalists marched last week in Mexico City, urging the government to do more to combat violence against those in the media. They have formed an advocacy defense group to call attention to the violence.
Mexican journalists are upset that the government is not doing more to solve the murders of several of their colleagues, and they fear it will ultimately lead to more violence against those in the media. This week, the journalists and their supporters marched through the streets of Mexico City and called on the government to do more to combat the violence.
The journalists and other media workers recently formed an advocacy defense group called Reporter's National Front in Defense of Freedom of Expression, as a way to help combat the violence against their ranks and to press the government to do more to help improve their safety.
La Plaza, a Los Angeles Times blog, reports that 55 journalists and media workers have been killed over the last decade. Journalists have "demanded action" from the government, which it says has shown an "indifference to the dangers they face on the job." The new organization, La Plaza reports, intends to defend reporters, report attacks and offer legal advice as well as promote appreciation for the work that journalists do.
One of the latest victims of violence was environmental activist and award winning journalist José Galindo Robles, head of Radio Universidad de Guadalajara. His body was found at his home in Guadalajara on November 24, after several days had gone by with no word from him. He was found wrapped in a blanket and his hands were tied with cable. He appeared to have died from a blow to the head.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPR), which tracks violence against journalists around the world, classifies Mexico as "one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists," and states that "without a doubt, it is the most dangerous in Latin America."
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