Social Media is Fueling Violence Against the Press

Earlier this year, a sharp spike in killings of Mexican journalists captured headlines worldwide. One of those killed was Margarito Martinez — a longtime photojournalist who was murdered in his hometown, Tijuana. Margaritos’s death shocked his colleagues, and as they demanded justice, many pointed to a relatively new source of danger for journalists in Mexico: anonymous Facebook groups. 

This episode was produced by Adriana Tapia. Special thanks to David Mora, Ani Ucar, and Gabriela Martinez, who originally reported this story for Vice News Tonight.

This story was made in collaboration with our colleagues at El Hilo, VICE News and Radio Ambulante’s weekly Spanish-language news show  — you can find their version of this story, in Spanish, wherever you get your podcasts. 

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