Killing of Mexican Crime Reporter in Drug Area Scares Off Journalists

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The killing of Víctor Báez, a longstanding Mexican go-to police reporter for a closely followed, tabloid-style Web site Reporteros Policiacos and a crime correspondent for Milenio, a national newspaper, has scared off many other journalists, and has sown confusion and fear over whether any precaution matters, the New York Times reports. Mexico has been one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with 45 killed or missing since 2007.

Veracruz State is considered the most dangerous patch of all in which to report the news, with at least nine journalists killed in the past year and a half. Veracruz, with prime drug and migrant trafficking routes crisscrossing the state, plus a busy port on the Gulf of Mexico known for smuggling contraband, has become a battleground, as two of the most powerful organized crime groups, the Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel, fight for dominance. Journalists increasingly report only the official version of crimes, if at all, and newspaper editors say they are pressured by criminals to report — or not report — certain episodes.

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