Pemex’s network of pipelines is an easy target for gangs who puncture the ducts and siphon the fuel to sell. (Esdelval/iStock)
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Jan-Albert HootsenJune 22, 2017
Thieves are puncturing fuel pipelines in Mexico and siphoning profits from the national oil company.
Javier Valdez, a veteran reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain on May 15, 2017, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers. (Ríodoce via AP)
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Jan-Albert HootsenMay 30, 2017
I regularly report on violence against journalists in Mexico. But Javier’s death came as a personal blow to me.
Specialists in Jojutla, Mexico, unearth remains found in unmarked graves on March 21. (CNS photo/Tony Rivera, EPA) 
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Many of the graves have been discovered by desperate family members acting on their own and without the assistance of the authorities.
Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte, center, is escorted by agents of the local Interpol office inside a police car as they arrive at Guatemala City, early Sunday, April 16, 2017. Duarte, who is accused of running a ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, has been detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and a high-profile symbol of government corruption. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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Jan-Albert HootsenMay 03, 2017
Mexicans are no stranger to widespread corruption, which costs the country a staggering $100 billion per year, according to last year’s National Corruption Forum. Governors are especially likely to become involved with graft.
Miroslava Breach Velducea. Photo courtesy of Patricia Mayorga.
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Jan-Albert HootsenApril 24, 2017
Four attacks on reporters in such a short timespan have shocked Mexico, already a country press freedom organizations say is one the most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.
"AMLO" campaigns in La Perla, Veracruz on March 25.
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Jan-Albert HootsenApril 05, 2017
As next year’s presidential election draws ever closer, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador may be the number one candidate.