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Mexico, April 25th 2009

Posted by Charles II on April 25, 2009

Alfredo Corchado, Nieman:

Today those words [of confidence in the rule of law by former president Vicente Fox] are a hollow echo as drug violence explodes in Mexico. One the biggest victims: journalism, the cornerstone of any democracy. Since that celebratory night [in 2000], more than 30 journalists have either been killed or disappeared in this so-called decade of Mexican democracy.

The majority of those murdered have been victims either because of their involvement with criminals or because of their hard-hitting reporting on what some experts call the most powerful organized criminal organizations in the Western Hemisphere….

What’s happened to the Mexican press is not unlike the experiences of other countries, including Russia, where transition from either authoritarian, or semi-authoritarian rule leaves a power vacuum..

For decades, the Mexican press was largely controlled by the powerful Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, through intimidation or graft. …

Indeed, with Fox’s victory, the long existing peaceful accommodation between government and shady characters came to a halt. Shortly after Fox took office, drug traffickers filled the power vacuum. In some communities, with the old government middlemen gone, drug kingpins, touting the latest weapons from grenade launchers to 50-caliber machine guns, strategically took over entire cities: local governments, police departments and the media.

One Response to “Mexico, April 25th 2009”

  1. Thanks, Charles. With the swine flu pandemic sweeping through the nation, things are going to get even nastier soon, as FeCal will use it as a pretext for clamping down even harder.

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