Mexico

Mexico

Constant violence and fear

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Year after year, Mexico continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous and deadliest countries for the media. Despite some limited recent progress, it is sinking ever deeper into a spiral of violence and impunity. Collusion between officials and organised crime poses a grave threat to journalists’ safety and cripples the judicial system at all levels. Journalists who cover sensitive political stories or crime, especially at the local level, are warned, threatened and then often gunned down in cold blood. Others are abducted and never seen again, or they flee abroad as the only way to ensure their survival. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s president since December 2018, still hasn’t carried out the reforms needed to rein in this violence and impunity. Meanwhile, ownership of the commercial broadcast media is extremely concentrated, and the many community broadcast media are often persecuted for using frequencies for which they have been unable to obtain licences.


143
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

0

143 in 2020

Global score

+1.26

45.45 in 2020

  • 2
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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