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Murders in Mexico Peg Latin America as Most Dangerous Region for Journalists: Report

  • Members of the media protest the murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in March.

    Members of the media protest the murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in March. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 December 2017
Opinion

"The impunity of murderers of journalists leads to more homicides," said The International Press Institute.

Latin America has become the most dangerous region in the world for journalists, according to a new report by The International Press Institute released Tuesday.

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Mexico recorded the highest number of journalists murdered this year: out of 23 members of the media killed in the whole of Latin America, 13 of the fatalities occurred in Mexico.

The rest of the victims in the region include four journalists killed in Honduras, two in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, and one each in Guatemala, Peru and Brazil.

All but one of the 24 reporters who died in the region "seem to have been deliberate targets for their work," said the International Press Institute.

"The brutal murders of journalists in Mexico and in many other countries show, tragically, how the impunity of murderers of journalists leads to more homicides," said Barbara Trionfi, director of the institute.

The figures from Latin America also top those in the Middle East and North Africa: 11 journalists were killed in Iraq and nine in Syria, making the region the world's second most dangerous for members of the media.

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In Asia, the number of victims increased to 19, while in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America there were eight, five and two murders, respectively.

Still, Trionfi noted, the number of reporters killed worldwide has decreased from last year, from 120 to 81.

"It is a relief to see a drop in the number of global deaths and we hope that it marks an end to the general trend in the world in the last decades of an increase in deaths," the IPI director said.

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