Bernardo Ruiz On Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

Bernardo Ruiz is the director of Reportero, a documentary film about the violence faced by Mexican journalists, which he tells through the story of Zeta, an independent newsweekly committed to reporting on corruption and drug cartels despite the danger its reporters face.

Since 2006, 48 journalists in Mexico have been killed, but even this is a conservative estimate, Ruiz says. Over the past 3 years, Mexico has reached number 8 on CPJ’s impunity index, which records the number of unsolved murders of journalists around the world. 

We sat down with Ruiz at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC last week to discuss what’s going on in Mexico. Learn more about the film at Reportero Project, and pay special attention to its blog, which has continued coverage of Mexico.

Past Coverage: For past FJP coverage on Mexico click here. For more detailed background, see The Guardian’s coverage of drug violence in Mexico, which includes some interactives.

More to come: Later this week we’ll post our review of the documentary along with an interview on its making.

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