Mexican Church Urges Authorities to Increase Guard for Journalists
The Archdiocese of Mexico calls for protection for journalists amid the most dangerous country for media
The Archdiocese of Mexico called on authorities to consider the work carried out by journalists a priority and reinforce protection mechanisms, as Mexico registered the murder of 13 journalists in 2022, close to 20% of the world total.
“We call on the authorities to consider the work carried out by these men and women a priority, who give their lives raising their voices for those who cannot; and to reinforce the mechanisms and protocols that protect them,” said the Archdiocese of Mexico in its ‘Desde la Fe’ editorial.
In 2022, Mexico was listed as the most dangerous “country at peace” for the press, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Meanwhile, the Society Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) counted 20 murders and Article 19 reported 157 murders of journalists in Mexico since 2000.
The Catholic body invited its faithful believers and the pilgrim Church “to unite in prayer” for the journalists killed or disappeared, and for the freedom of expression to be guaranteed. They also called on all citizens to help build the peace in Mexico.
During the current term of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 37 cases of journalist murders have occurred. The government and citizens must now work hand in hand to provide safety while journalists report crucial and essential news.