The latest attack of a Mexican newspaper (Arson attack on Mexican newspaper) shows that being a journalist in Mexico is still one of the most deadly jobs one could have.
Press freedom groups are stepping up the pressure on incoming president Enrique Peña Nieto to ensure that journalists are protected from government-sponsored harassment. They also called on the president-elect to make sure that those who attack journalists or news organizations are prosecuted.
Larry Kilman, deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA, commented: “Journalists in Mexico are being targeted, intimidated, attacked and murdered simply for doing their jobs, and the attackers do this without fear of prosecution. The result of these actions is that citizens are no longer properly informed, and the press can no longer adequately play its role as watchdog over public institutions.”