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State responsible for most attacks on press, says ARTICLE 19 report

Mexico, 2011: 172 attacks on press freedom, including nine journalists and two media workers killed, two disappeared, and eight media outlets bombed. Most shockingly, the security forces and other state authorities were behind 40 percent of the attacks, while organised crime only accounted for 13 percent of cases.

Such are the findings of ARTICLE 19's report, "Forced Silence: The state, an accomplice in violence against journalists in Mexico", launched this week in Mexico City with support from high-profile press freedom advocates, like local journalist Lydia Cacho, and Javier Darío Restrepo from Colombia.

Get a taste of the report below:

"Forced Silence" criticises the government's response to the violence against the press as "a discourse without tangible results." It points especially to the special federal prosecutor's office that investigates the few crimes against free expression: in its six years of existence, only a single conviction has been recorded.

The report details attacks on the press in recent years in Mexico's most dangerous areas, who the main predators are, the state's lack of political will, as well as ARTICLE 19's comprehensive suggestions on how to protect journalists and their rights in one of the world's deadliest places to practise journalism.

Download a PDF of Forced Silence here (in Spanish only).

And watch a 20-minute documentary based on the report here (available in English and Spanish).

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