A DANGEROUS JOURNEY - Report by Pablo Gianinazzi, Ti-Press, for KEYSTONE - Hope for a better future drives refugees from Africa to take ever more risky actions. Since security forces in France and Italy have stepped up their border controls between the Mediterranean towns of Frejus (France) and Ventimiglia (Italy), many migrants have been trying to find other ways of getting to France. They are increasingly choosing dangerous routes. In jeans and sneakers they try to cross snow-covered passes and risk their lives. Luca Giaj Arcota, Chairman of CNSAS Piemonte, told the Italian news agency Ansa: « The situation with the refugees in Bardonecchia has reached alarming proportions. » In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of cases where migrants who should have reported to refugee institutions did not reappear. « These people are trying to cross the border to France ». In the newspaper « La Repubblica » Arcota asked the security authorities of his country for help. « We need more support from law enforcement agencies at the borders, » they say. Italy has often been criticised in the past for its treatment of refugees. According to « La Repubblica », twelve refugees were rescued in the Alps in mid-December 2017. Some of them had lost shoes and gloves. (welt/jj)

A journalist's murder underscores growing threat in Mexico (AP) story by Maria Verza, Photos by Enric Marti - The staff of the weekly newspaper Riodoce normally meets on Wednesdays to review its plans for coverage of the most recent mayhem wrought in Sinaloa state by organized crime, corrupt officials and ceaseless drug wars. But on this day, in the shadow of their own tragedy, they've come together to talk about security. - It's important to change their routines, they are told. Be more careful with social media. Don't leave colleagues alone in the office at night. Two senior journalists discuss what feels safer: to take their children with them to the office, which was the target of a grenade attack in 2009, or to leave them at home. - Security experts have written three words on a blackboard at the front of the room: adversaries, neutrals, allies. They ask the reporters to suggest names for each column - no proof is needed, perceptions and gut feelings are enough. - Allies are crucial. In an emergency, they would need a friend, a lawyer, an activist to call. The longest list, by far, is enemies. There are drug traffickers, politicians, businesspeople, journalists suspected of being on the payroll of the government or the cartels, a catalog of villains who make the job of covering Mexico's chaos perilous. - There is no respite from the violence, and as bodies pile up across the country, more and more of them are journalists: at least 25 since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with at least seven dead in seven states so far this year. A total of 589 have been placed under federal protection after attacks and threats. (...) To read the full story please contact

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