January 7, 2013
Mexico’s federal government says the murder rate in that country fell in 2013.
That is a claim disputed by independent analysts.
But using Mexico’s own statistics, a murder still takes place there almost every hour and the kidnapping rate rose considerably last year.
Mexico says the number of murders related to organized crime last year was the lowest in four years, falling by 19 percent to 10,095. In 2012 the figure was 12,412.