Female Forward
The Alarming Trend of Gender Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

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Women journalists in Mexico face a distressing and alarming trend of gender violence that poses a significant threat to their safety and freedom of expression in the country. This rise in targeted assaults not only endangers individuals but also undermines the country's press freedom and democratic principles. The intimidation and violence directed at women journalists create an atmosphere of fear, directly impacting their ability to cover critical stories; furthermore, the role of the government and criminal groups exacerbates the situation. This form of gender-based violence restricts the diversity of voices in the media and dissuades women from pursuing careers in journalism.

It's crucial to recognize that the work of women journalists in Mexico is constantly threatened by acts of violence, which not only undermines their personal safety but also freedom of expression and access to diverse and truthful information for society at large. Such violence not only has an immediate impact on the lives of journalists, but also has long-term consequences for Mexico's media landscape and democracy. The lack of an effective response and clear policies to address this violence jeopardizes the essence of a democratic society, where press freedom is essential for its proper functioning.

Addressing this challenge requires a comprehensive approach, including the establishment of laws and policies aimed at protecting and ensuring justice for the victims. ARTICLE 19, in an exhaustive policy paper, explores potential frameworks and tools explicitly designed to shield journalists, especially women, in these precarious situations.