FILE PHOTO: Mexico's undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez speaks next to Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (not pictured) during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico August 30, 2019.
Alejandro Encinas, deputy interior minister responsible for human rights, said there had been 138 homicides of journalists since 2010, 38 of them since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018.
Mexico is often ranked one of most dangerous countries for journalists to work in, and Lopez Obrador took power vowing to bring down violence and step up protections for media workers.
However, murders of journalists have risen in tandem with record levels of homicides in Mexico as a whole, much of it fueled by rampant violence among feuding drug cartels.
The most dangerous states for journalists since Lopez Obrador took office have been Sonora, Guerrero, Veracruz and Michoacan, according to the government’s figures.
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