Mexico has become one of the worst places in the world to be a journalist, with 44 killed in the last six years–a quarter of those murders taking place in 2011 alone. This past week, a New York Times article related that four more reporters and photojournalists in the southern state of Veracruz have become victims of what a source in the article calls ‘a systematic attempt to muzzle the press.”
We may feel helpless in the face of such relentless, widespread violence. Yet if nothing else, we can take up the mission of these fallen journalists: we can believe, as they must have, that bringing the truth to light cannot help but speed a change. We can inform ourselves and our communities about the reality of Mexico today–the reality that these journalists gave their lives to broadcast.