Mexican Journalists Terrorized 9/28/97

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Journalists in Mexico apparently have even more to fear from the police than from the church. At least four reporters who have reported on police corruption and ties to the drug trade have recently been kidnapped, tortured and/or beaten and threatened by assailants with haircuts, guns and speech patterns which identified them as police officers.

Mexico, whose laws protecting freedom of the press are very weak, is normally one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, but the number incidents directed at reporters recently has been even higher than usual. But unofficial threats are not the only obstacle facing Mexican journalists. In the wake of mounting corruption in the country, federal prosecutors have increasingly demanded that journalists reveal the names of anonymous sources and a number of government officials have brought defamation suits against reporters, including one in which Foreign Minister Jose Gurria is suing a reporter for printing an interview with a former federal prosecutor who accused the minister of ties to drug traffickers.

The Houston Chronicle has an excellent story on the situation at http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/page1/97/09/24/mexico.html.

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