Excerpt: "In the last 15 years 103 journalist have been killed in Mexico including the most recent homicide of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa who had fled the southeastern state of Veracruz fearing for his life after receiving death threats from the government of Javier Duarte."
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011, CPJ has documented the cases of 79 journalists killed in the country in relation to their work. (photo: Reuters)
Over 100 Journalists Killed in Mexico in 15 Years
03 August 15
In the wake of the shocking homicide of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, figures released in February by Mexico's attorney general's office are worth revisiting.
Ruben Espinosa is one of over 100 journalists killed in Mexico in the last 15 years, according to official figures by the attorney general’s office, which show 25 more are missing.
Espinosa had fled the southeastern state of Veracruz, fearing for his life, after receiving death threats from the government of state Governor Javier Duarte.
Duarte sent a strong message to journalists in his state in July, during a public event to commemorate the Free Speech Week, when he said to them, “Please behave, I beg you. It's for your own good.”
Since Duarte took office in 2011, four journalists have been killed while five remain disappeared. The attorney general's office said that since Governor Duarte took office in 2011, journalism-related deaths have been steadily increasing.
The deaths of Espinosa and the four women he was murdered with have sparked protests. The National Human Rights Commission is investigating.
Mexico is the second most dangerous country to be a journalist — even more so than Syria, which has experienced 79 journalist deaths. Iraq remains in first place, with about 179 journalists killed since 1992.
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