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Mexico Now Ties Iraq for Most Deadly Country in the World for Journalists

Manuel Bojorquez - CBS News
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July 13, 2017

On World Press Freedom Day, Mexico wss recognized as the most dangerous country for journalists in the western hemisphere. (TeleSUR English)

Mexico now ranks alongside Iraq as the deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2017. It has even surpassed war-torn Syria, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

At least four journalists have been killed in Mexico this year. CPJ has directly linked all of those to murders to the reporters' work, while the motive behind another death is still being investigated.

"Every journalist in Mexico is a target," said freelance journalist Luis Chaparro who works in Juarez, a city the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

"I, as many of my colleagues, feel very, very unprotected," Chaparro said.

Several factors have brought cartel violence roaring back in Chihuahua and other parts of Mexico - from fragmented cartels fighting for turf and influence over government officials to rising opioid use in the United States.

... It's estimated 90 percent of murders of journalists in Mexico are unsolved or not thoroughly prosecuted.

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