Amid crisis of killings, Mexican president proposes new government funds for journalists
Attacks on journalists have increased significantly under the current Mexican administration. So far this year, at least eight journalists have been murdered in the country. Now, the country’s president has announced a plan to provided additional government support for reporters.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said this week that his government will designate 25% of its publicity budget to pay for health insurance and pensions for journalists.
He said 750 million pesos, or about $49 million, will be set aside for struggling journalists and their families, who are not currently covered by the government health system.
The announcement came a day after a report from the press freedom group Article 19 showed violence against journalists increased by 85% during the first three years of Lopez Obrador’s administration compared to the same period under his predecessor.
AMLO has frequently lashed out at journalists critical of him. His anti-press rhetoric and the frequent murders of reporters this year have drawn international concern for the status of the free press in the country. Mexico is considered the world’s most dangerous country for journalists outside of a warzone.