While not all that is said is true, not all that is truth is told.
Perhaps the most alarming consequence of this violence is the climate of fear and intimidation in which journalists must do their work, leading to rampant censorship
Ernesto Carmona * / CIAP-Felap / 15-02-3013.-
On Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) presented at the UN headquarters, its annual report “Attacks on the Press”, in which Mexico ranks first with 12 journalists whose whereabouts are unknown. At least 9 of the 12 missing were abducted during the previous government of Felipe Calderón.
“Perhaps the most alarming consequence of this unprecedented wave of violence is the climate of fear and intimidation in which journalists must do their work, leading to rampant censorship,” said a CPJ spokesman, adding that the problem of violence against the press in Mexico affects the fundamental guarantees of all citizens, it limits freedom of expression and the right of the people to be informed. “It also affects the quality of democracy in Mexico, said the spokesman.
According to the report, 35 journalists are missing around the world. It is estimated that many have died, but can not be declared dead until their bodies are found. CPJ’s report, an agency sided with the U.S. foreign policies, states that Russia follows Mexico, with the highest number of journalists unaccounted for, 8 cases, and then the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Rwanda, with two disappearances of journalists each. The CPJ reported a missing journalist in Syria, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Serbia and Montenegro, Algeria and Lebanon.
The report also said that 14 journalists were killed in Mexico as a direct result of their work during the past six years, and six media facilities were attacked. Nevertheless the report omitted the murders of 10 journalists in Brazil and 9 in Honduras, and other countries in the region. According to the records of CIAP-Felap *, the murders for 2012 was as follows:
Terror = Censorship
After interviewing 32 journalists from Zacatecas, another report also published by the CPJ accounts for an absolute censorship on drug trafficking in the State of Zacatecas. “All agreed that organized crime operates at will in every corner of the state and that journalists witness how this wave moves around Zacatecas and are afraid to report it,” said CPJ.
The agency’s annual report also noted that the incarceration of journalist around the world were up in 2012, with 232 cases reported, 53 more than in 2011 and the highest figure since CPJ began these statistics in 1990.
* CIAP-Felap: Commission to Investigate Crimes Against Journalists (CIAP) of the Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP). President Ernesto Carmona (Chile).