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. Others are abducted and never seen again, or they flee abroad as the only way to ensure their survival. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has declared combatting corruption to be his top priority since being sworn in as president in December 2018, has not allocated sufficient resources to combatting this spiral of violence against journalists. Ownership of the broadcast media is meanwhile extremely concentrated, with just two media groups, Televisa and TV-Azteca, owning almost all the TV channels. The many community broadcast media are often persecuted for using frequencies for which they have been unable to obtain licences.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



144 in 2019

Global score


46.78 in 2019

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