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Danger south of the border … the Mexican border

7 January 2011

Tim’s El Salvador Blog (one of the best English language blogs in/on Latin America) highlight this report from the Salvadorian daily, ContraPunto which Otto at Inca Kola News ran through his magic chart thingy:

Erroneous data disseminated by international news agencies claim Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico as the most violent countries in Latin America and the world:  However their murder rates are lower than those of Honduras and El Salvador.

As things stand, at the end of 2010 Honduras had a murder rate of approximately 72.8 for every 100,000 inhabitants, while El Salvador had a murder rate of 71.

Venezuela had 17,600 homicides in 2010.  With a population of 26 million, its murder rate is 67.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.  In Colombia, the murder rate is 35.7 per 100,000 and in Mexico 14.5 per 100,000.

Honduras is particularly dangerous for journalists.  According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (which is extremely conservative in defining work-related deaths) three Mexican journalists’ deaths are work-related, and seven deaths are being investigated as possibly work related.  CPJ also attributes three Honduran journalists’ deaths to their employment, although last June alone, seven journalists were killed.

The Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign, which also tallies journalist fatalities, uses a different criteria, under which they list 14 deaths in Mexico, tying Pakistan for the most dangerous country overall, but records 9 deaths in Honduras, which has a population only 8 million compared to Mexico’s 115 millions, and has a much, much smaller media presence.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tio Foncho permalink
    8 January 2011 4:24 pm

    That murder rate of 14.5 per 100,000 does not jive with Diego Valle’s blog which uses the official numbers released by the government of Mexico. He shows more that 20 per 100,000, giving Mexico 4 times the murder rate of the US. What does it matter if Mexico is not the highest in Latin America? And murder is not the only criteria for criminality. What about the robbery rate, rape rate, etc? Mexico is a 3rd would shithole with any numbers you use.

    • 8 January 2011 7:27 pm

      And the United States has a lower murder rate than Canada, but neither the United States, nor Canada were discussed in this post, which discussed the murder rate in selected Central American nations compared to others in the region.

      At any rate, like so many other writers on this “third world shithole” — unlike a few sites on Baja California issues that allow you to post comments under any one of your several different “handles” — I have little patience with tendentious fools who blather on about irrelevant issues.

      In short, fuck off.

  2. El Chismoso permalink
    9 January 2011 2:12 am

    Does it matter if the murdered are scalped, be-headed or government officials? Are only journalists awarded extra points ?


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