Constant violence and fear

Land of the drug cartels, Mexico continues to be the Western Hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media. When journalists cover subjects linked to organized crime or political corruption (especially at the local level), they immediately become targets and are often executed in cold blood. Most of these crimes go unpunished, with Mexico’s pervasive corruption accounting for the impunity. Some elected officials are directly linked to organized crime. Ownership of the broadcast media is extremely concentrated, with two media groups owning almost all the TV channels.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



149 in 2016

Global score


49.33 in 2016

  • 1
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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