Fact check: Is Ted Cruz right that more journalists were killed in Mexico in 2020 than anywhere else?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio interview produced by Alexandra HartMarch 3, 2022 11:53 am, , ,

From PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-Statesman:

In a Feb. 16 meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that had been dedicated to U.S.-Colombia relations, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, demanded details on not just the Biden administration’s stance on Colombia but on Mexico too.

Cruz said he was “deeply concerned about deepening civil unrest in Mexico and the breakdown there of civil society.” Cruz read off a series of dire statistics and expressed concern for politicians and journalists being killed there.

Regarding journalists, Cruz said, “In 2020, more journalists were killed in Mexico than in any other country in the world.”

Cruz isn’t alone in his concern. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted similar concern on Feb. 22 for “the high number of journalists killed in Mexico this year,” as five Mexican journalists were killed in the first six weeks of the year.

We took a look at this statistic. Is Cruz right, and why are there so many press freedom violations in Mexico?…

Read the full story and see how Cruz’s claim scored at PolitiFact, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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