Under the PRI, the government set up a federal journalist “protection” program, to make it seem they cared about investigative journalists. The government now spends $23 million a year on this program, yet Toledo was still brazenly gunned down as he worked on his video column!
Mexican journalists are fighting back. On January 25, they organized rallies and vigils throughout México to protest the murders of their colleagues and demand an end to the disgraceful record of impunity that gives a green light to their killers. Without journalists, the people can never know the truth about corruption, environmental destruction, and organized crime, never learn about the brutal murders of women, and the violation of Indigenous rights.
The PRI and the PAN didn’t care if those who exposed their own corruption were eliminated. The AMLO administration has taken a much stronger stance in support of journalists, but, still, no assassin has yet been brought to justice.
Well, now our turn has come, gente, on both sides of the border. We need to stand with our courageous brothers and sisters who are demanding that México take stronger action to defend the lives of journalists, beginning with finding and prosecuting the killers who murdered Toledo and his colleagues. ¡Si, se puede!