As the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported, Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries on earth for journalists. Violence and intimidation tactics are used to silence reporters, and as a result, this has controlled both the type of information and the means by which it is delivered to citizens.

A global trend in news content and dissemination has been social media, both in its use as citizen-generated content for news organizations and, as is the case in Mexico, for person-to-person contact to establish communities for awareness and mobilization. When it comes to the Mexican legal and media landscape, social media can play an integral role in enabling and enhancing social mobilization for transformative change. “Social” in this context does not refer to the casual updates often seen as the bread and butter of traditional media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, but rather, “social” as news either created by or for the community-at-large. Because of this, “social” media has enormous implications for news and information delivery in Mexico.In this respect, the community could possibly see a transformative shift and take on the roles and responsibilities traditionally assumed by the media, which has been coerced into silence.

This video from AFP illustrates the escalating danger journalists face in Mexico. Journalists, in fear for their lives, are being intimidated into silence, forcing citizens to seek alternate information sources.



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