Protecting the Tribe

Seen in the morning print edition of the Sacramento Bee, Tim Johnson on the dangers faced by those plying our trade in Mexico:

Some 66 Mexican journalists have been killed in a little more than five years, many if not most for exercising their professions. Just last week, authorities found the body of Noel López Olguín, a journalist in Veracruz state who went missing in March. His body was found in a shallow grave.

This is an abysmal record and reflects on the weakness of Mexico’s state that the killers of unarmed journalists are rarely captured and punished.

I realize lots of people are dying in the drug wars, all of which is an abysmal record that reflects on the weakness of Mexico’s state. So no special pleading here for journalists, beyond the fact that they’re my people.


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