Apr 16, 2013

Mexico government downplays deadly violence

The Mexico propaganda campaign has some success as think tanks and newspapers ignore facts on the ground and promote discussion of the economy over violence.

Los Angeles Times
By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
April 11, 2013|

The new government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has sought to downplay the deadly violence that has long haunted much of Mexico and that he repeatedly pledged to reduce.

But the country's killers aren't cooperating.

Newly released statistics indicate the number of homicides related to drug trafficking and other organized crime are only marginally changed from the same period last year, a blow to the government's attempts to recast Mexico's image.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said 1,101 people were killed in March. That brings the official total under the Peña Nieto administration, which began in December, to 4,249, or roughly 35 a day, and close to the rate during the last year of the administration of President Felipe Calderon. Read more. 

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