By Kira Youdina | July 31, 2012 - 13:00 GMT
During a visit to Mexico on 30 July 2012, William Burns, the Deputy US Secretary of State, conveyed the American government’s discontent about the targeting of Mexican journalists by organized crime groups.
"The United States is deeply worried by acts of violence and intimidation that are aimed at limiting the free movement of news. We are on the side of journalists who are risking their lives," expressed Burns.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work as a journalist. Mexico’s National Human Rights Committee indicates that 82 journalists have been killed since 2000 and 15 have disappeared.
The violence is a threat to the development of freedom of the press and, thus, democracy in Mexico.
Read more about the violence surrounding freedom of the press in Mexico in Julie Mandoyan’s article for the Global Journal: Mexican Journalists, Victims of the War on Drugs.
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