The fight against impunity and for journalist safety is, as Cooper put it, “a long slog”—but there are some signs of progress. The Austrian government, which was elected to the U.N. Rights Council this year, pledged to carry forward the issues raised in last month’s conference in Vienna on journalistic safety and impunity.

But until governments like Mexico’s decide they want to confront the problem, or until governments like ours decide to impose extreme measures to pressure them to do so, journalists will continue to be imprisoned, gunned down, or beheaded for challenging oppressive regimes and exposing transnational criminal networks and the authorities that defend them.

Natasha Lennard is a project officer for the International News Safety Institute - North America. Visit INSI-NA's Facebook page for more information.