Writers want an end to violence against journalists in Mexico

According to BBC, 170 of the most acclaimed authors around the world have condemned the treatment of Mexican journalists by taking out a “full page advert in Mexican newspaper El Universal to defend the right of all journalists to be free from fear and censorship” was written by PEN International.

According to PEN International, 67 Journalists from Mexico have been murdered since 2000.

The advert said, “We, writers from around the world, stand with you and all Mexican citizens who are calling for the killing, the impunity, the intimidation to stop.”

“These violations diminish us all and threaten the right of Mexican citizens to live lives both safe and free from censorship,” it went on.

“We call on your government to apprehend and prosecute all who have silenced your colleagues and seek to silence you”.

Most of those journalists killed have been killed by organized gangs for their writings about drug-trafficking.

Something needs to be done about the drug war in Mexico.  It costing the lives of thousands of individuals, which has resulted in a lot of international scrutiny. These organized gangs cannot be running the country- something needs to be done.

I am glad the international community is calling for journalists to be freed from censorship and to ensure their safety. Now it is up to the Mexican government to implement this and take even stronger measures to help bring this war to an end before it is too late.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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