Deaths of journalists in Mexico are alarming

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 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 3-24-10

 Only 7.7% of Michoacános become professionals

 Only 7.7% of Michoacán students of some 18% who enroll in higher education to enter into the professional fields ever become professionals.  The bad economy and unfavorable pubic opinion of the professions are the primary causes of dropping out of higher levels of education.

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 Correo (Guanajuato) 3-24-10

 Firearms and (drug) consumption cause violence

 Hilary Clinton recognized that the USA contributes to Mexico’s problems and agreed to increase cooperation and strengthen the Merida Initiative.

 Mexico and the United States agreed to enact a pilot program, in Tijuana-San Diego and in Cd. Juarez-El Paso, to fight organized crime on the border for which the United States is responsible, acknowledged Hilary Clinton.

 “We know that the demand for drugs is the major cause of the illegal drug business and that arms bought in the United States are used in drug violence[,]” acknowledged Clinton.

 She affirmed the USA’s support of Mexico in its fight against organized crime and announced a bi-national program against drug use, arms traffic, and money laundering and to give attention to communities affected by violence.

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Strengthen Airport Security

 The governments of Mexico and the United States agreed to better identify air passengers between the USA and Mexico.  People and criminals using false or altered documents present a high risk to other passengers.

 In a “Memorandum of Cooperation” the governments agreed to exchange information concerning the repatriation of Mexicans to Mexico.  The memorandum establishes standards of proof of identity and authorizes the electronic transfer of criminal history of those who were sentenced in the United States for serious crimes who are being returned to Mexico.

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 Thirty Businesses close in Celaya

 Thirty businesses located in four shopping centers have closed in the last 6 months in Celaya, Guanajuato.  The economic crisis has caused big losses throughout the business community.  Clothing stores, movie houses, eating establishments, bars and boutiques have closed due to the depressed economy.

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Mexicans abroad will be encouraged to vote

 The governor of Guanajuato has proposed an initiative that would better allow Mexicans living abroad to vote in Mexican elections.

 The low voter turnout of Mexicans living abroad in 2006 prompted the efforts to get more Mexicans living abroad to participate in Mexican elections. More resources will be employed to encourage those Mexicans to vote while living outside Mexico.

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Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua)

 Starting in April a prescription will be required

 “Antibiotics will not be sold without a prescription in Mexico beginning in April”, according to Daniel Goni, the President of the Mexican Red Cross. “No more self-medication and no more harm to Mexicans”, said Goni.

 (Editor’s Note:  This is significant in that, historically, Mexico has not required prescriptions for non-narcotic drugs.  Anyone in Mexico could buy, over-the-counter, whatever prescription strength medication he thought was needed at any pharmacy.  However, pharmacists could legally diagnose and write prescriptions. Consequently, few poor Mexicans with “minor” ailments ever saw a qualified doctor of medicine. The article did not address whether pharmacists may legally write prescriptions for antibiotics.)

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Deaths of journalists in Mexico are alarming

 The United Nations expressed concern over the deaths of journalists in 30 nations, including Mexico.  Mexico ranks third in the number of journalist murders.  Murders are just the “tip of the iceberg” among the threats to reporters in Mexico. [Editor’s note: The article didn’t mention who is quoted.]

 Of the 227 journalists assassinated around the world in 2006, 31 died in Latin America and 15 in Mexico, according to UNESCO.  Most of them did not die in war but in nations where news about narcotics traffic, human rights violations and public corruption carry a high risk of death.  “In the majority of these cases, no one was brought to justice”, according to the study by UNESCO.

In 2008 to 2009[,] UNESCO documented the murders of 125 journalists.  In 2006-2007 there were 122 murders of reporters.  Mexico remains third in the world in the number of journalists murdered at 15.

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 -end of report-

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