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Press freedom

Today in Intro to Mass Communication we’re going to talk about press freedom.
I am going to focus on Mexico, where at least 27 journalists have been killed since 1992 in direct retaliation for their work, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The committee says 33 additional journalists and four media workers have also been murdered, although it hasn’t been confirmed that the killings were in retaliation for their work.

Reporters Without Borders urges tourists not to turn a blind eye to censorship while traveling to Mexico. The group set up a website called Censorship Paradise, which says, sarcastically:

F— Freedom of Speech. Book a Vacation in Mexico.

Click on photo below to enlarge image and see group’s f-word-emblazoned declaration.
The website says:

Mexico is one of the hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media. Drug cartels and corrupt officials are implicated in most of the crimes of violence against journalists, which almost always go unpunished. As a result, journalists often censor themselves and some have to flee into exile.

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Highlights of Bloggers handbook

Below are highlights of the Reporters without Borders’ “Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents” (download 81-page PDF)
Clothilde Le Coz, Internet Freedom desk, Reporters without Borders

Bloggers cause anxiety. Governments are wary of these men and women, who are posting news, without being professional journalists. Worse, bloggers sometimes raise sensitive issues which the media, now known as “traditional”, do not dare cover. Blogs have in some countries become a source of news in their own right.
…blogs are a fantastic tool for freedom of expression. They have unloosed the tongues of ordinary citizens. People who were until now only consumers of news have become players in a new form of journalism, a “grassroots” journalism… Continue reading