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Third Quarterly Report on agressions against freedom of expression

(ARTICLE 19/CENCOS/IFEX) - 12 November 2009 - ARTICLE 19 in conjunction with CENCOS launches the Third Quarterly Report on Aggressions against Freedom of Expression in Mexico. The report covers the period from July to September 2009. It shows some worrying trends that suggest the situation of freedom of expression continues to deteriorate in the country. It also suggests that the authorities remain the principal perpetrators in aggressions that are registered and that impunity continues to prevail.

The ever increasing number of aggressions against this fundamental right in Mexico remains a serious issue. The total number of aggressions registered against journalists and the media this quarter is 59, which amount to a total of 201 so far this year. Three more journalists have been killed, bringing the total number of assassinations so far this year to eight. Since the beginning of the Calderón presidency there have been a total of 19 assassinations, five of which took place in 2007 and six in 2008. Furthermore, eight journalists remain missing since the year 2000.

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