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How Mexico's drug war also prevents positive news from being reported

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A new United Nations (UN) and Organization of American States (OAS) report calls Mexico the world’s fifth most dangerous environment for journalists and the worst for media workers in North America.

The report tallies 13 media workers killed this year alone, bringing the total to 70 killed since 2000.

Much of the threat faced by journalists is attributed to organized crime, amid an atmosphere were gunmen hurl grenades at broadcaster offices and murder reporters and editors who dare write about their exploits.

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The impact this has had on the news is well-known: in many small towns in Mexico, and many larger ones as well, residents complain of a news blackout. Many resort to Twitter and Facebook for their news – causing all kinds of new challenges.

But it is not just crime that goes uncovered, and that might be one of the saddest stories of the drug war in Mexico.

I was recently to accompany Walmart on a visit to an indigenous community in the mountains of the state of Guerrero, where the company is helping small-time organic honey producers bring their product to the national market.


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