Jun 1, 2017

Killing of journalists undermines Mexico's democracy

--This May 25 editorial from the Dallas Morning News hits all the right points: protection is necessary but journalists shouldn't have to work in such risky conditions, prosecution is key to sending a message that the age of impunity is over and crimes will be punished, and drug policy reform in the United States can play a huge role in decreasing violence. The Special Prosecutor for Freedom of Expression should be fired for being inept at best and indifferent, or even corrupt, at worst. Journalists from Michoacan were also in Mexico City today Salvador Adame, journalist from that state who was forci bly disappeared, presuma bly y state agents, May 18. Case after case, and still only empty declarations from all levels of government.--

Javier Valdez Cárdenas was shot in broad daylight on a street in Culiacán, Mexico, not far from the office of the newspaper he founded, Ríodoce. His killing, on May 15, adds to concerns that violence is smothering free speech in Mexico. At least three other journalists there have been killed this year, more than in any other country. This trend is undermining Mexican democracy.

Mexico, like the United States, enshrines freedom of expression in its Constitution. Healthy democracies need free, active, independent news media to report on issues and events so residents can discuss and debate them, cast better-informed votes, and hold politicians accountable. When violence, or threats of violence, silences reporters, democratic government falters.

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