Journalists Abducted in Violence-Plagued State of Mexico

Three journalists and two of their relatives have been abducted by armed men in the violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero, highlighting the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico.

In a disturbing turn of events, three journalists and two of their relatives have been abducted by armed men in the violence-plagued state of Guerrero, Mexico. This incident sheds light on the perilous conditions faced by journalists in the country, which is known to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists outside of war zones. The abductions took place in Taxco, a colonial town frequented by tourists, and have raised concerns about the increasing influence of drug cartels and the erosion of press freedom in Mexico.

A Threatened Reporter and a Case of Local Corruption

The online news site The Afternoon Chronicle revealed that one of the abducted journalists, Marco Antonio Toledo, had received threats earlier this year from a drug cartel. The cartel had ordered him not to publish a story, but Toledo had recently reported on a case of local corruption. The news site called on authorities to find Toledo and highlighted the chilling effect that drug cartels have on journalism in the region.

Silence in the Face of Cartel Intimidation

The area where the abductions took place has been described as “silenced by the drug cartels” by The Afternoon Chronicle. Journalists who have faced threats in the past have been forced to leave the region or even the state to ensure their safety. The abduction of Toledo, his wife, and son, along with the kidnapping of journalist couple Silvia Nayssa Arce and Alberto Sánchez, underscores the dangerous environment in which journalists operate in Mexico.

Turf Battles and Criminal Activity in Taxco

Taxco, once known for its silver artisanry and colorful Easter week celebrations, has become a battleground for drug gangs vying for control of the lucrative protection money trade from local businesses. The violent La Familia Michoacana cartel and the Tlacos gang are reportedly engaged in turf battles in Taxco, which is located 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Mexico City. The presence of these criminal organizations further exacerbates the risks faced by journalists working in the area.

A Troubling Trend of Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

The abduction of the journalists in Guerrero is one of the largest mass attacks on reporters in one place in Mexico since 2012 when the bodies of three news photographers were found dumped in plastic bags in Veracruz. The killings were attributed to the Zetas drug cartel. In the past five years alone, at least 54 journalists have been killed in Mexico, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. This alarming trend highlights the urgent need to address the issue of journalist safety and press freedom in the country.


The recent abductions of journalists and their relatives in Guerrero, Mexico, serve as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by journalists in the country. The influence of drug cartels and the prevalence of violence have created an environment of fear and intimidation, leading to self-censorship and the silencing of voices that seek to expose corruption and criminal activities. The Mexican government must take immediate action to ensure the safety of journalists and uphold press freedom, as the continued attacks on reporters undermine democracy and the right to information. The international community must also lend its support to protect journalists and advocate for their safety in Mexico and beyond.






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