Dallas News informed that as the number of slain journalists climbs in Mexico, a small group of reporters in this sprawling border city lean on one another to protect themselves and their profession.
The Red de Periodistas de Juárez, the Juárez journalists network, was born out of necessity in 2011 following years of bloodshed and the killing of two colleagues. Their story is a troubling testament to the dangers journalists face.
“We knew that here in Ciudad Juárez you could kill a journalist and nothing happened,” said Luz del Carmen Sosa, a reporter at the Diario de Juárez who covers crime and security issues.
Journalists from across Mexico will march Thursday evening in the capital city to demand justice for their murdered colleagues. The protest comes exactly a month after Javier Valdez Cardenas was gunned down in broad daylight in his hometown of Sinaloa. Valdez, 50, was an award-winning journalist, internationally recognized for investigative work that exposed the corruption and complicity between the government and drug cartels. His death, one of six killings of journalists in Mexico this year, left journalists on both sides of the border in shock.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world to practice journalism. Reporters without Borders puts the violence on par with Syria and Afghanistan, countries besieged by war. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 40 journalists have been killed since 1992 because of their work. CPJ is investigating another 50 cases to determine the exact motive. At least 13 journalists have disappeared and are presumed dead.