At the end of November, the organization for freedom of expression, Article 19, presented its “Third Quarterly Report: From the Digital to the Tangible”, in which it documented that 70% of attacks against the press are committed by the authorities and that only three out of 88 attacks registered against media or journalists are investigated by the Attorney General’s Office during that period.
It also pointed out that in nine months in 2016 there have been ten murders of journalists in Mexico, a number that exceeds the homicides of communicators in 2015.
Moreover, and as the title of the report evokes, there has been an increase in threats using the Internet and social networks: “Attacks in digital space aim to infuse fear, feelings of persecution and insecurity before the perception of an imminent risk. In addition, they manage to spread the sensation to close circles like family and friends and even journalists’ sources. This virulence could be documented with greater clarity during the third quarter, where direct attacks are observed mainly against those who defend human rights and share information critical of governments”, it said. Of the total threats received by journalists between July and September, six out of ten were made through social networks like Twitter.
For more information in Spanish:
2016 bate récord de periodistas asesinados durante gobierno de Peña: van 10 en 9 meses (Animal Político, 30 de noviembre de 2016)
Sólo 3 de las 88 agresiones a la prensa del último trimestre son investigadas por PGR: Artículo 19 (Sin Embargo, 30 de noviembre de 2016)
Tercer Informe Trimestral: De lo digital a lo tangible (Artículo 19, 30 de noviembre de 2019)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Nacional : amenazan por Twitter al Centro Miguel Agustín PRODH (3 de octubre de 2016)
Oaxaca/Nacional: Allanan casa de fotoperiodista que cubrió hechos en Nochixtlán(14 de septiembre de 2016)
Oaxaca: Asesinaron a dos comunicadores en una semana (30 de junio de 2016)