Monday, September 28 2009
Press Freedom in México
Reporters Without Borders presents:
BEHIND THE SCENES OF IMPUNITY IN MEXICO
"Security offensive and bureaucratic red-tape"
Time: 9.00 am
Location: National Press Club
529 14th Street, N. W - Washington DC - Lisagor Room
The murder of Norberto Miranda Madrid, the editor of online Radio VisiI>'s website, on 23 September in the northern state of Chihuahua brings to 55 the number of deaths of journalists in Mexico since 2000 that were clearly or probably linked to their work.
The latest tragic death comes as Reporters Without Borders is preparing to release the report next Monday (28 September) of its latest fact-finding visit to Mexico, from 4 to 12 July. Entitled "Behind the scenes of impunity in Mexico," the report condemns the passivity of the authorities (and their apparent involvement in some cases) in this disaster for the Mexican media.
More than 14,000 people have died in the offensive against drug trafficking which the federal government launched in December 2006. This situation has unfortunately reinforced Mexico's ranking as the western hemisphere's most dangerous country for the media.
Please, join us for the presentation of the fact-finding mission report with our speakers. The panel will focus on the situation journalists are facing in Mexico and? particularly at the Us-Mexico border.