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CPJ Special Report: Reporting, and Surviving, in Ciudad Juárez

(CPJ/IFEX) New York, June 24, 2009 - As violence ebbs and flows in Mexico's most dangerous city, the press is debilitated by fear and manipulated by powerful drug cartels. In a special report, CPJ's Mike O'Connor examines the grave dangers in reporting the news in Ciudad Juárez.

Mexico, with 27 journalists killed this decade, is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists. At the center of the drug-fueled violence is Ciudad Juárez, where one veteran reporter was recently murdered in front of his own home. The city's struggles are emblematic of Mexico's difficulties in combating widespread attacks on the press, the vast influence of drug cartels, and the corrosive effects of government corruption. To survive, journalists in Ciudad Juárez must avoid sensitive topics and ignore risky details - leaving the public in the dark about major developments in their city.

"The Mexican government touts security advances, but it is unable to ensure a free press," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in releasing the report.

CPJ Special Report: Reporting, and Surviving, in Ciudad Juárez

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