The history of the drug war in Mexico and how this war has affected journalists and public policy. (Click the picture below to see the entire timeline on Tiki-Toki.)
Since former Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared Mexico’s war against drug cartels six years ago, the backlash from drug cartels has been catastrophic. With a death toll estimated somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 for the past six years, several thousands of deaths have occurred each year.
This backlash extended greatly to journalists as well. The Committee to Protect Journalists has kept record of more than 45 journalists who have been murdered, or disappeared, since the advent of the drug war.
On June 6, 2012 Mexico finalized a constitutional amendment that would make it a felony for any attacks made on members of the press (CPJ).
President Enrique Pena Nieto has made it clear that he will end the war against drug cartels in pursuit of less violence and a stronger economy (Christian Science Monitor).
President Nieto’s stance, in conjunction with the new amendment to protect journalists, may be yield less violence towards journalists, and hopefully less violence in general.