Whilst driving through the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo, on a Sunday afternoon independent reporter Carlos Domínguez, aged 77, became the latest victim in a string of attacks against journalists.
According to CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), in 2017 6 journalists with journalistic motive killed, and another 3 unconfirmed. They reported in their annual findings that:
“…Away from conflict zones, Mexico was the deadliest country…making it the third worst nation for killings worldwide.” -CPJ
Of at least 95 journalists killed since 1992, CPJ determined journalism as the motive of 43.
The drug war gripping parts of the country has developed “silenced zones” where stories on crime or the Cartels are deliberately left alone or blurry in order to protect staff.
In light of this, authorities and government are unable to offer much help, and corruption is not uncommon either.
Despite this, many media workers continue to report, write, blog regardless of the risk. They know that any piece could be their last, but are determined to stand up to those oppressing both them and others.
They are Mexico’s last defenders of press freedom.