The situation in Mexico continues to worsen for journalists and writers.  There is continued violence and impunity prevails despite numerous assurances of investigation.

In Belgrade, the 77th PEN International Congress condemned the lack of action from the Mexican government to stop killings of journalists and writers.

 

Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.  It has also sadly become a champion in impunity.  Since January 2004 over 40 journalists have been murdered and an increasing number of journalists and writers have been threatened, harassed and attacked amid an atmosphere of growing violence.  Few, if any of these crimes have been properly investigated or punished.  The state seems to lack the will to protect journalists and writers in danger, even after they have received explicit threats.

At the same time, official Mexican discourse presents Mexico as a human rights champion.  Mexico has signed and ratified more than 20 human rights treaties and considered more than 1000 recommendations from various national and international human rights organisations.  That is the humane facade the Mexican government presents to the world.

In the report Corruption, Impunity, Silence: The War on Mexico’s Journalists published by the Faculty of Law, Toronto University and PEN Canada, the government’s response of toothless reforms and high-sounding rhetoric is leading to more deaths, human rights violations and limitations on freedom of expression.

PEN International demands more action, fewer words.

Related articles and resources:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/sep/05/journalist-safety-mexico

http://www.cpj.org/americas/mexico/

http://www.utorontoihrp.com/index.php/ihrp-news/8-ihrp-news/86-revised-version-of-corruption-impunity-silence-now-available

http://www.article19.org/data/files/pdfs/press/violence-and-press-freedom-in-mexico-still-in-the-line-of-fire.pdf