Global News Blog: Mexican Journalist Censored by Death

May 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kelsey Howard

On May 3rd, people around the world celebrated Press Freedom Day with the support of the international NGO Reporters Without Borders. Ironically, this same day Mexican journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper was murdered outside his home. Samper was a writer for Tiempo de Durango and had written a few columns criticizing the government. Check out the full article here.

Reporters Without Borders states Mexico is the deadliest place to work in the Americas, as this type of incident has happened many times before. The ability of the government to censor speech in this way is horrific. Even more horrifying is that Mexico is considered a democracy.

While Americans do have limitations on what they can say (hate speech, etc.), it would be very unlikely for the government to seek a journalist or reporter down because of a criticism. It is incredible that even though the technology today has made communication possible with anyone in the world we are still trying to establish governments and political systems that allow us to do the same things.

There are people all over the world that have the ability to transmit their message to anyone in the world they please at the click of a button, but the politicians in power refuse to let them do so. If governments are ashamed to let the world here about the inner workings of their state, there is even more reason to tell the world about their misdoings. People should have a right to challenge the authority if they do not believe they are receiving the best standard of living for any reason without fearing repercussions.