Constant violence and fear


Although not at war, Mexico is one of world’s deadliest countries for the media. Collusion between officials and organized crime poses a grave threat to journalists’ safety and cripples the judicial system at all levels. As a result, Mexico is sinking ever deeper into a spiral of violence and impunity and continues to be Latin America’s most dangerous country for reporters. Journalists who cover sensitive political stories or organized crime are warned, threatened and often gunned down in cold blood. Some flee abroad as the only way to ensure their survival, while others are abducted and never seen again. The presidential terms of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) saw a record number of murders and disappearances of journalists (a total of 112 cases), as well as systematic impunity for these crimes that RSF has referred to the International Criminal Court. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was sworn in as president in December 2018, has pledged to make the fight against corruption his number one priority. This offers hope that Mexico could finally break free of the spiral of violence. Ownership of the broadcast media is meanwhile extremely concentrated, with just two media groups owning almost all the TV channels. The community broadcast media are often persecuted for using frequencies for which they have been unable to obtain licences.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



147 in 2018

Global score


48.91 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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