Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
Amid the spiralling violence against journalists in Mexico, more than 60 Mexican and international media outlets issued a statement Wednesday denouncing the violence and calling on the government to honor their commitments to end the violence once and for all.
“Today in Mexico impunity, corruption and, in particular, organized crime, have put at risk a fundamental work for society,” the joint media statement read.
The statement comes in response to the recent murder of renowned reporter Javier Valdez, one of seven journalists to be assassinated this year alone.
Journalists have rallied under the motto “Basta Ya,” or Enough Already, and staged a series of demonstrations to demand an end to the systemic violence and impunity.
Earlier this week, two marches were organized to call on officials to double their efforts to locate and rescue Salvador Adame Pardo, who was kidnapped for his political reporting.
According to witnesses, Pardo, a Mexican journalist and director of Channel6TV, was abducted at gunpoint from central Mexico and forced into a black van. Despite the immediate response from police, no progress has been made.
Pardo had received a number of threats regarding his journalistic work and was beaten and detained on March 9, 2016, by police security while covering a story in the Mugica municipality. According to Article 19, prosecutors failed to report the incident. The journalist was reported to be afraid for his life and was considering leaving the country with his wife.
Pardo’s kidnapping is just the latest in a series of attacks against media workers in Mexico. The country was named the second deadliest conflict zone in the world this month, with 23,000 deaths as a result of the drug war.
Mexico is also one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. According to Article 19, more than 99 percent of attacks on journalists in the past eight years have gone unpunished.