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Report: Censored Media Mexico, 2011

Report: Censored Media Mexico, 2011

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In the last six years, the Mexican media has come under sharp attack by organized crime. Forty-one journalists were killed between 2007 and 2012, coinciding with a government crackdown against drug cartels. Most of them were murdered because of their reporting on crime, according to the Austria-based International Press Institute (IPI). The trend made Mexico the most dangerous country for the media last year.

In 2010, the Fundación MEPI began monitoring self-censorship in local media. That first study was able to quantify black news holes throughout Mexico, places where media outlets had stopped reporting on most crime related to drug cartels.

MEPI decided to launch a follow-up to the initial investigation. We monitored 14 out of 31 states in Mexico, covering 14 daily newspapers during 2011.

In the last six years, the Mexican media has come under sharp attack by organized crime. Forty-one journalists were killed between 2007 and 2012, coinciding with a government crackdown against drug cartels. Most of them were murdered because of their reporting on crime, according to the Austria-based International Press Institute (IPI). The trend made Mexico the most dangerous country for the media last year.

In 2010, the Fundación MEPI began monitoring self-censorship in local media. That first study was able to quantify black news holes throughout Mexico, places where media outlets had stopped reporting on most crime related to drug cartels.

MEPI decided to launch a follow-up to the initial investigation. We monitored 14 out of 31 states in Mexico, covering 14 daily newspapers during 2011.

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Tecnológico de Monterrey, www.fundacionmepi.orgMexico City Campus @FMEPI
CENSORED MEDIAMEXICO, 2011
FUNDACIÓN MEPI
 
Tecnológico de Monterrey, www.fundacionmepi.orgMexico City Campus @FMEPI
WHY THE INVESTIGATION?
 
In the last six years, the Mexican media has come under sharp attack by organizedcrime. Forty-one journalists were killed between 2007 and 2012, coinciding with agovernment crackdown against drug cartels. Most of them were murdered becauseof their reporting on crime, according to the Austria-based International PressInstitute (IPI). The trend made Mexico the most dangerous country for the media lastyear.In 2010, the Fundación MEPI began monitoring self-censorship in local media. Thatfirst study was able to quantify black news holes throughout Mexico, places wheremedia outlets had stopped reporting on most crime related to drug cartels.MEPI decided to launch a follow-up to the initial investigation. We monitored 14 outof 31 states in Mexico, covering 14 daily newspapers during 2011.
 
Tecnológico de Monterrey, www.fundacionmepi.orgMexico City Campus @FMEPI
THE RESULTS
Fear of retaliation by organized crime continued to influence news outlets
´
decisionon what to publish.Regional coverage of organized crime rose 100 percent compared to the year prior.News outlets reported 7 out of every 10 incidents about organized crime.More reporting did not improve the quality of coverage. Eighty percent of themonitored dailies failed to add clear context to their reporting.MEPI found federal and local government agencies failed to provide the regionalmedia with timely and accurate information about crime and security.MEPI also identified a troubling pattern in several states largely controlled by a singlecartel. In those regions, anti-crime coverage often outweighed reports on criminalincidents. In contested territories, the opposite was true, likely because organizedcrime did not have the same stronghold on media in those parts.

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