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Mexico: several demonstrations took people to the streets

Several demonstrations brought people to the streets in Mexico in August and September. Protests demanding justice for disappeared persons, sexual health rights , climate justice, and a change to government policies took place. Demonstrations against corruption by migrants on the border with the U.S. were allegedly repressed by security forces.

Three different attacks against reporters also took place in this period, with journalist Ricardo Martínez Pérez announcing his decision to stop covering political topics following threats and an assault on his sister. Read more

Mexico: several demonstrations took people to the streets

Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates

Escalating violence against media and communication professionals has put Mexico in the spotlight as one of the deadliest countries in the world for media workers. At least ten journalists have been killed in 2019, and five of these assassinations took place between the beginning of June and end of August. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates

Mexico: two journalists killed and several others attacked as government struggles to protect

On 2 May 2019, Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, a journalist and advocate for indigenous people’s rights, was shot and killed in Oaxaca. On 16 May 2019, the body of an independent journalist enrolled in the government's protection programme for journalists was found outside of a bar in Playa del Carmen. Attacks against 5 other journalists were documented in this period.

On 29 April 2019, the Mexican Senate approved a labour reform law that, among other things, aims to provide more control to workers over collective bargaining contracts. Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the current government. Read more

Mexico: two journalists killed and several others attacked as government struggles to protect

Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment

On 20th February 2019, a radio show host and activist who advocated against a gas pipeline project was killed outside of his home just days before a vote on the project was scheduled. Read more

Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment

Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

On 20th January 2019, Rafael Murúa Manríquez, a radio station director in Baja California Sur, was found dead on the side of the road after being reported missing. Read more

 Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

New government’s policies spark protests about airport, federal salaries

On 11th November 2018, about 5,000 people marched in Mexico City to protest the new administration’s decision to end construction of the New International Airport of Mexico. Read more

New government’s policies spark protests about airport, federal salaries

Palabras a Prueba de Balas campaign raises awareness about dangers facing journalists

Palabras a Prueba de Balas (Bulletproof Words) is Article 19’s campaign to raise awareness about the troubling number of attacks against members of the press in Mexico. Read more

Palabras a Prueba de Balas campaign raises awareness about dangers facing journalists