More on the impact on journalists of Mexico drug violence

This from the news blog of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:

Insurers refuse to cover journalists working in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Once again, profits before people. Journalists are under threat of death and violence there — so naturally now they can’t get life insurance!

See full story here.

Violence has made the border city of Ciudad Juárez one of the world’s most dangerous cities and one of the riskiest places to practice journalism. The situation is such that several insurance companies will not sell life insurance to media workers, while others have added new surcharges to policies issued in the city, El Diario reports.

The Association of Journalists of Ciudad Juárez learned of the situation when it tried to renew its group insurance policies for its members, something it has done for decades, La Jornada says.
Similar measures could also affect professions that have become increasingly risky—such as journalism and police work—in other cities such as Reynosa and Torreón, considered to be “war zones” in the fight against drug trafficking, El Diario reports.

Journalists have been a frequent target of violence in Mexico. Many reporters have been killed or attacked, and others have opted to leave the country.

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