As a result of a difficult and ongoing war on drugs, the media has reported increased violence against journalists in Mexico. In an effort to raise awareness about and potentially solve this problem, the University of Texas at El Paso partnered with The American Society of News Editors, a membership organization for leaders of news organizations, and the Inter American Press Association, a nonprofit devoted to defending freedom of expression, to host a two-day summit to discuss how to address this growing issue. The school aims to continuously offer solutions for challenging and pressing problems between the U.S. and Mexico.
The program, which was presented in English and Spanish, was created to discuss the violence that resulted in the death of 11 journalists in Mexico.
Editors, press freedom monitors and government officials from the U.S. and Mexico were in attendance, including keynote speaker Alejandro Junco de la Vega, chair and CEO of Mexico's Grupo Reforma, and Gustavo Salas Chávez, the special prosecutor for crimes against journalists in Mexico.
The summit included a presentation by the Committee to Protect Journalists, who showed a live video conference with Catalina Botero, a reporter on freedom of expression for the Inter American Commission on Human Rights.
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