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.