Mexican journalists create group against attacks

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2009 8:37 AM

Mexican journalists have formed an advocacy group in response to attacks on reporters.

The group is called the Reporters' National Front in Defense of Freedom of Expression and was announced Thursday by journalists from several Mexico City and Puebla newspapers and two magazines.

It says it will create a system for journalists to report attacks and will work to defend reporters and offer them legal advise. It also plans publicity campaigns to promote appreciation for the work journalists do.

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At least eight journalists have been killed in Mexico this year, according to the National Center for Social Communication. Several international media groups call Mexico the most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists.