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Storify: Experts examine governments' protection mechanisms for journalists

On Tuesday, May 22, during the second panel of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, journalists presented on countries' mechanisms to protect journalists. The panel, moderated by Ewald Scharfenberg, started with Natalia Torres' presentation of a study by the Center for Studies in Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE), in the Palermo University in Argentina, about the cases in Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala. This Storify captures audience members' tweets posted throughout the panel presentation.

The panel continued with a presentation by a journalist from each of these countries. In Mexico, Leonarda Reyes said that there are several laws aimed at protecting journalists, but these laws are not always enforced. Martín Rodriguez Pellecer, from Guatemala, said that the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CIGIG in Spanish) has obtained good results and has been effective in arresting criminals and breaking the cycle of impunity. In Colombia, Andrés Morales said that a program by the state protects only 67 journalists in the whole country, and that any program of protection to journalists requires the participation of civil society.

This year's Austin Forum is themed "Safety and Protection for Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizen Journalists," and is organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Latin America and Media programs of the Open Society Foundations.

See the Storify below, created by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, for a snapshot of the various tweets posted during the panel "Examining the Current State Protection Mechanisms for Journalists" on Tuesday, May 22.


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