CNN: For Mexico’s journalists, story assignment can be a date with death

It’s nice to see that there is some reporting on this issue.

CNN: For Mexico’s journalists, story assignment can be a date with death

By Mariano Castillo, CNN
February 4, 2010 — Updated 0506 GMT (1306 HKT)
(CNN) — In most places, when 16 people are gunned down, the local media reports the incident without missing a beat.

But when the massacre described above happened last weekend in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the editors of the city’s largest daily newspaper had to have a long discussion before deciding to cover and investigate the story.

As drug cartel violence continues unabated throughout Mexico, journalists find themselves walking a thin line between covering the story and becoming part of it.

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Some background information:

  • Committee to Protect Journalists report on Mexico.
  • International Federation of Journalists annual report of journalists and media staff killed in 2009.
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