Press advocates have long called Mexico one of the most dangerous nations for journalists. But there is little agreement about the numbers killed.
According to the New York-based press watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists, 48 were killed or disappeared from December 2006 to the end of 2011, and five more were murdered this year. And Mexico’s human rights commission lists 81 journalists killed since 2000.
None of the figures reflect incidents of threats and intimidation, either at a personal level or to media outlets. Armed attacks are relatively common in northern Mexico.
For example, on 10 July, there were three grenade attacks on newspaper buildings in a single day.