Mexico: A Hell for Freedom of Expression


By: Agencia SubVersiones

May 16, 2017

For a long time our country has been a hell for the freedom of expression, a right that corresponds to us all. The assassination of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, carried out on May 15th in Culiacán, Sinaloa, confirms this sad reality.

Mexico is one of the deadliest countries for the press.

Thus far in 2017, six media workers have been assassinated. Their names are: Cecilio Pineda Brito, Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, Miroslava Breach, Maximino Rodríguez Palacios, Filberto Álvarez Landeros, Javier Valdéz Cárdenas and Jonathan Rodríguez Córdova.

Worse yet, since the so-called “democratic transition” there has been 125 journalists assassinated. This trend goes way back. According to the statistics of the Center of Journalism and Public Ethics, during the six-year rules of Miguel de la Madrid, Carlos Salinas and Ernesto Zedillo, 33, 46 and 24 journalists were killed respectively.

There is no space for critical journalism. There is rather a lot of impunity.

The authorities have demonstrated again and again their incompetence, including their complicity. We do not expect anything from them. We call on all of the media workers committed to the construction of new horizons, to strengthen networks of support that give us better security and certainty in our work.

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