Broken for Mexico, the country where Round Earth Media got its start and where we work with brave Mexican journalists who risk their lives just doing their jobs. Perhaps the bravest of them all was Javier Valdez, murdered this week near the office of the newspaper he founded, presumably by drug dealers unhappy with his reporting.
“Where I work, Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, it is dangerous to be alive, and to do journalism is to walk on an invisible line drawn by the bad guys — who are in drug trafficking and in the government — in a field strewn with explosives,” he said when he accepted an awardfrom the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2011. Click on the link for his powerful speech.
“Can Mexico’s Democracy Protect it’s Press?” That was the question yesterday in a Facebook Live conversation (Deborah Bonello is a colleague and friend based in Mexico City for Insight Crime). It has been a horrific month for journalists in Mexico. Just in the last few weeks:
Miroslava Breach was gunned down as she drove her son to school in the northern city of Chihuahua.
Cecilio Pineda, founder of a news site in Guerrero state, was shot dead.
Maximino Rodriguez Palacios, a veteran reporter covering the police beat was killed in northeastern Mexico.
Last weekend, reporters investigating gangs in Guerrero were beaten and robbed at gunpoint.
It is painfully obvious that Mexico is not able to protect its journalists.
“One is constantly aware of the dangers,” said Bonello and yet she — and the reporters we work with – carry on.
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