"Red January for Mexican journalism"

RSF's Balbina Flores analyzes for IAPA the severe problem of violence in a new podcast episode.

Miami (February 7, 2022) - Mexico is in a breakdown and mourning for national journalism. It has been a bloody year; four journalists were murdered in January. For Balbina Flores, a representative in Mexico of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), addressing this complex situation requires considering the context of violence, impunity, and the functioning of protection mechanisms.

Interviewed by journalist Alejandro Jiménez for the podcast "Journalism at Risk" (Periodismo en Riesgo, in Spanish), Flores explains that before proposing a solution to this severe problem of violence, "three critical axes" must be considered.

She refers to the context of violence worsening in some regions, the impunity, and the need to review the federal protection mechanisms for journalists.

When asked about the discourse of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador against journalists and the media, Flores says, "These are expressions that make the atmosphere in such a dangerous country very rarefied.... In a context of this kind he should have some moderation".

"Journalism at Risk" is an IAPA podcast produced by the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), whose director, Francisco Torres, is the regional vice-president of the organization's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information for Mexico. Martha Ramos, director of OEM and chair of the IAPA's Internet Committee, coordinates the podcast.

Listen here to this and all episodes of the podcast, produced every 15 days by a team of OEM professionals.

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IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.