Mexico: Most attacks on journalists unpunished

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government's human rights commission says there have been 126 attacks on journalists or media outlets in Mexico since 2000 and only 24 of these cases have been prosecuted. Only two of these cases have resulted in convictions.

The commission attributes the impunity largely to a failure by authorities to investigate attacks.

It said Thursday that 82 journalists have been killed and 16 have gone missing since 2000. In that period there have been 28 attacks on media offices or vehicles.

The commission expressed hope Thursday that a new law to protect journalists and human rights activists will reduce the level of impunity.

Estimates of the number of attacks vary. The government's special prosecutor for crimes against journalists says 67 journalists have been killed and 14 disappeared since 2006.

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