For the third time in 10 years, RSF went to Mexico in June 2016 to get a better understanding of the working environment for local journalists. In Mexico City, RSF met representatives of the institutions involved in protecting media personnel, and met journalists from Veracruz who have fled there seeking refuge. In Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, RSF organizedmeetings with a journalists’ collective, local reporters and correspondents who have been threatened, representatives of the local mechanism for protecting the media, and NGOs.
The final leg of the journey was the port city of Veracruz, where RSF met with persecuted journalists and the families of victims. RSF’s conclusion from this visit and these interviews is that Veracruz’s journalists are caught in a dangerous trap between corrupt politicians and ultra-violent criminal cartels. While wrestling with precarious employment conditions that often force them to hold down several jobs at the same time, these vital observers have to come to terms with fear and have to censor themselves in order to survive and to protect their families. But, although exposed to constant danger, these courageous journalists do not resign themselves to saying nothing at all.
Veracruz. Journalists and the State of Fear