Mexico City, Mexico — So far this year, 10 journalists throughout Mexico have been targeted and killed.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE), in more than six years, from July 2010 to December 31, 2016, 798 complaints for assault and murders against journalists have been reported.
Of these 798 complaints, 47 were for murder, FEADLE reported stating that out of the 47 murders, only three have convictions. The government of Mexico admits it lacks the ability to protect journalists.
Undersecretary of the Interior, Roberto Campa Cifrián, acknowledged that the Mexican government has not been able to deal with cases of aggression against journalists.
During a meeting with members of the Executive Committee of Human Rights of the National Commission of Governors (Conago), Campa Cifrián acknowledged that “in all cases (of aggression against journalists) there has been some alert, some focus that was on yet we were not able to attend to it a timely manner.”
The number of reporters killed in Mexico during 2017 is already at 10. The total figure for last year, in 2016 was 11, according to a report from Article 19 Mexico and Central America.
The same report recorded that between 2000 and 2016, there were 100 murders of journalists. A figure that does not include the crimes that have mourned the country in recent months.
Already this year, journalists Cecilio Pineda, Ricardo Monlui, Miroslava Breach, Maximino Rodríguez, Filiberto Álvarez, Javier Valdez, Jonathan Rodriguez, Salvador Adame, Luciano Rivera and Cándido Ríos have died during 2017 for reporting.