Slaugh­ter of Mex­i­can re­porters slammed

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LEAD­ING Mex­i­can jour­nal­ist An­abel Her­nan­dez has con­demned the Mex­i­can govern­ment for al­low­ing the mass mur­ders of re­porters.

The jour­nal­ist said govern­ment com­plic­ity was to blame for the spi­ralling num­ber of mur­dered jour­nal­ists.

Among them was Javier Valdez, a prom­i­nent in­ves­ti­ga­tor of drug-re­lated crimes who was shot 12 times in the north-west city of Cu­li­a­can.

“It is very clear that to be able to kill one jour­nal­ist as fa­mous, as im­por­tant, as Javier Valdez, some­one in the govern­ment gave per­mis­sion to do it,” she said. Mex­ico is con­sid­ered one of the dead­li­est coun­tries in the world for jour­nal­ists.

Her­nan­dez ex­plained: “These jour­nal­ists have not just have been mur­dered by mem­bers of the car­tels,” ar­gu­ing that in most cases “mem­bers of the govern­ment, state govern­ment or the fed­eral govern­ment” are di­rectly in­volved. Her­nan­dez has ex­pe­ri­enced this dan­ger first hand.

She con­tin­ued: “I put the name of chiefs of the po­lice (in my book), and be­cause of that these of­fi­cials wanted to kill me, or­dered my killing.” teleSUR

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