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IPFS News Link • Mexico

A young journalist's beat: Survival


Despite the danger, young people there continue to be attracted to the news business.

mong them is Gaby Rasgado.

Barely five feet tall, with a baby face and wearing her jet black hair in a thin multicolor braid, she could easily be mistaken for a student. However, she's a 25-year-old reporter whose five years of experience give her veteran status.

Gaby Rasgado, covering a demonstration by fellow journalists protesting the rising violence against reporters in Mexico.

Rasgado is a correspondent for Mexico's "La Silla Rota," a political online news magazine where she's won various Mexican journalism awards. Her focus is in-depth investigative reporting, covering politics, social advocacy, immigration, safety issues -- and staying alive. She's based in Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, one of Mexico's most dangerous places to report from.

Rasgado has lost friends and colleagues to violence tied to their coverage of political corruption and narco-war coverage.