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Journalists in Tijuana continue to report on crime, despite routine threats made against them. An online comment earlier this week threatened to dismember journalists from the Diez4 monthly magazine. Employees at Diez4 said they would not discontinue their coverage of criminal activities in the region.

A law approved earlier this month was created in hopes of protecting Mexican journalists. The law would make all crimes against media workers a federal crime. The crimes would then be investigated by the central government’s attorney general, and not local officials. The law will now have to be approved by 17 of 31 state legislatures.

New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists states 51 journalists have been killed in Mexico from 2000 to 2011. Mexico’s national human rights commission reports a higher number, 74 for the same time period. The vast majority of these crimes go unprosecuted.

A film documenting the risks encountered by the staff of Zeta weekly newspaper will be screened this weekend. Reportero will screen at the San Diego Latino Film Festival March 18th, at 3:00 pm.

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David Dodd March 18, 2012 @ 12:57 a.m.

You have no idea Mindy. If I didn't have a family here. They are more than brave. It would take your breath away what you go at a simple crime scene here. They are heroes, I promise you you that.

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JohnERangel March 19, 2012 @ 9:39 a.m.

Being protected by the feds isn't necessarily better than being protected by the municipal or state police. It depends on where you are and who you're writing about. The reporters here (in TJ where I live) do a great job against daunting odds. Unfortunately, for every story told a dozen remain hidden.

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duckfeet March 19, 2012 @ 2:43 p.m.

We take journalists--and a free press itself--for granted here in the USA. In Mexico it's hanging by a thread: the few brave souls who still believe it's important to let people know what is happening. Without free press nothing else in a democracy works like it's supposed to, and when the press is killed off or frightened into silence, then corruption and lawlessness reign. The mexican periodistas are the true heroes in that country.

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