Press Freedom Report Paints Grim Picture for Latin America
Journalists in Latin America continue to be the victims of murders, threats and harassment when investigating sensitive subjects such as corruption and drug trafficking, according to the latest report from the World Association of Newspapers, and media in Mexico remains a target of violent attacks.
The report mentions the three media workers shot dead in Oaxaca in October, which it says were probably a reprisal by drug traffickers for their newspaperâ€™s coverage El Imparcial of organized crime, but doesnâ€™t mention the murders of Amado RamÃrez, of Televisa, in Acapulco on 6 April this year and of SaÃºl MartÃnez Ortega, of the magazine Interdiario and the daily Cambio de Sonora, on 23 April, which were noted by Reporters Without Borders.
Three journalists have been killed in Columbia this year, and one in each of the following countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Paraguay.
According to the organization, the number of journalists killed in 2007 is approaching the record 110 deaths last year.