A sobering piece on GlobalPost.com that rounds up the violence against journalists in the last year:
According to a tally by El Universal, the country’s top-selling newspaper, 12 reporters, photographers, editors and radio hosts have been slain this year – two more than in the previous worst year of 2006. The deaths – all of Mexicans working for local media – make the country the most dangerous for the trade in the Western hemisphere.
One major problem is that Mexican authorities have been so overwhelmed with violent attacks on their own officials, protecting journalists has become a low priority. In the last 18 months, more than 1,000 police, soldiers, judges and other agents have been slain in execution style hits and abductions.