Tim Steller’s column: Attacks on journalists for political gain proliferate | Government & Politics

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My longtime buddy and colleague Reyna Ramírez, a Sonoran who has lined López Obrador’s information conferences, instructed me that after she questioned the president in Might 2020, “There started a wave of social media assaults. To this date, every time I ask a query, the bots and supporters of the president swarm over me.”

The assaults have included two dying threats that she reported to authorities.

The outcome for Mexico Metropolis journalists could merely be self-censorship — unhealthy sufficient. When the identical techniques are used out within the provinces, although, the outcome could also be violence, and even dying. 

“Fertile floor
for violence”

Widespread knowledge means that protecting organized crime is what results in journalists’ murders in Mexico, however that is not true, Maldonado defined. It is truly political tales that result in essentially the most aggressions in opposition to journalists.

Among the many Mexican journalists who’re underneath state safety resulting from threats, 61 % cowl politics. Fewer cowl crime. Nevertheless it will get complicated, Maldonado mentioned, as a result of when a journalist is attacked, it is usually by members of organized crime teams appearing on behalf of politicians. 

The identical dynamic of violence in opposition to journalists, after all, has not proliferated north of the border, thank goodness. However Maldonado instructed me to not be sanguine about that. 

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