Mexico’s human rights officials reported on Friday that 84 print and broadcast reporters and commentators have been murdered in Mexico since 2000, with 20 more Mexican journalists missing since 2005.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission reports that there have been about 40 attacks on news offices or equipment since 2005. Sadly, only 12 cases saw the perpetrators tried and convicted, leaving 91 percent of the perpetrators remaining unpunished.
The Mexican commission claimed on Friday that 15 other perpetrators are known to police, but their cases were either dismissed or are still being prosecuted.
The commission said most of the attacks occurred in Mexico City, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Chihuahua.
Southwest border violence has reached such a dangerous boiling point that several Mexican and American journalists have forsaken their reporting about the heinous crimes due to their legitimate fear that the drug cartels will retaliate against them and their families, according to public-interest, watchdog group Judicial Watch on Wednesday.
This fear of retaliation by reporters is leading to a situation in which Americans will be kept in the dark about the crisis along the porous and increasingly dangerous Mexican border since the Obama administration is telling Americans that the border with Mexico is becoming more peaceful, according to narco-terrorism expert and drug enforcement official Donald Kubisty.
Upon receiving the latest homicide statistics that revealed over 70,000 Mexicans were killed since 2006, Mexico’s new leader, President Enrique Pena Nieto, announced on Mexican television that a brand new national police agency will be fully deployed by December 2013 and will be comprised of at least 10,000 officers when they kickoff operations. law enforcement operations.
“If the media are too scared to cover the violence and bloodshed on both sides of the southwest border, then who can we rely on for full disclosure. If Border Patrol agents speak to the media — or anyone else for that matter — about the true conditions, they stand a good chance of being harassed at best, or fired at worst by their superiors,” said Kubisty.
“We certainly can’t expect the truth from the government. Remember that the nation’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, insists that the region is ‘as secure as it has ever been.’ This delusional assessment has been repeated by Napolitano over and over again in a seemingly desperate effort to make people believe it,” claims Judicial Watch.
According to Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles, without truthful and accurate information from the media to counter Obama’s and his minion’s version, “the public is likely to swallow the government’s less than accurate assessment.
Originally it was Mexican journalists, who were either victims of drug-cartel violence or frightened, and therefore stopped reporting crime in the region. But now, according to J.W., American journalists located in U.S. border cities allegedly followed suit and now appear to have stopped reporting on drug-related violence, at least from the scenes of the crimes and mass graves.