CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – Journalists from the southern Mexican state of Guerrero protested on Tuesday to demand government protection, while calling on international organizations to intercede amid a growing wave of violence.
Some 80 journalists participated in the protest march in Chilpancingo, the state capital, saying that they would carry out similar demonstrations every month.
In a joint statement, the journalists said Guerrero “has collapsed because of narco-violence, impunity and institutional corruption,” adding that no progress had been made in the investigations regarding the murders of reporters Francisco Pacheco, in April 2016, and Cecilio Pineda, in March 2017.
The statement calls on international organizations to review the “precarious situation” that reporters must face in Mexico and especially in Guerrero.
The statement also accuses Guerrero Gov. Hector Astudillo of having named as head of the state protection system for journalists a person linked to organized crime groups.
The Pacific resort city of Acapulco, located in Guerrero, is one of the cities that has most been affected by crime and violence in Mexico.
A recent report from the non-profit Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice said that Acapulco was the third most violent city in the world in 2017, with a homicide rate of 106.6 per 100,000 residents, just behind the resort town of Los Cabos, Mexico, and the capital of Venezuela, Caracas.
Last year, 12 journalists were murdered in Mexico because of their work, the same number as in Syria, and at least 115 journalists have been killed in Mexico since the year 2000.