Many were digging into political and financial corruption, fraud, smuggling, money laundering or organized crime. They probed too deep, touched a nerve, and paid with their lives. In Mexico, at least four journalists have been murdered so far this year, adding to the tally of 47 murders — most of which have occurred in the past 15 years since the drug cartels expanded. Covering crime in Mexico can be a death sentence.
Even in Europe, reporters are no longer safe. Daphne Caruana Galizia, who worked on the Panama Papers with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, was probing the links between politicians and criminals in her native Malta. She angered powerful people. Someone ordered a bomb placed in her car a year ago this month, hoping her reporting would die along with her. A few months later in Slovakia, a gunman broke into the apartment of investigative reporter Ján