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Mexican government complicit in increased attacks against journalists, report says




In 2011, 172 attacks against the Mexican press were registered, and nine of these were killings. That's up from the 155 attacks recorded in 2010, according to a report from the organization Article 19 released Tuesday, March 20. The report, Forced Silence: The State Complicit in Violence Against the Press, shows that public officials were responsible for more than half of these attacks, according to the magazine Proceso.

Most attacks against journalists in Mexico occurred in the areas of Veracruz, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Oaxaca, reported Article 19.

"If you try to buy life insurance, the moment you say you're a journalist, you're denied," one Mexican journalist said, according to the document presented along with the report.

The organization criticized the numbers presented by the National Human Rights Commission saying that they lack credibility because there is no criteria and cases are not followed through. Article 19 also criticized the Mexican government saying that until now the government's response is all talk, with no results, because the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes against Freedom of Expression only generated one conviction in the six years of its existence and does not make use of its entire budget.

Following the report, the London-based organization demanded that the Mexican government establish measures of protection for journalists, and to use the initial budget to grant precautionary measures for journalists who have been threatened.

See a video about the report below:



2 comments

 
Stacy Swift wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

First Bangla Archive

Journalist is the most important person in our society & also as like as our friend. we have to protect their respect & lives.

 
Guest wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Article 19

The complicity of the United States is undeniable, the responsibility for sharing the burden of 50,000 deaths, more than 10,000 disappearances, and the ongoing daily terrorism is evident in the massive funding endorsed by Mr. Obama in the Mérida Initiative. The United States government was fully aware that the billions of dollars given to Mexico would result in hideous human rights violations against innocent civilians, but it was not a deterrent. The Mexican president blithely dismissed the numerous deaths of innocent men, women, and children as "collateral damage", little comfort for the families of victims that have disappeared after being picked up by Mexican soldiers. A hideous, ongoing nightmare has paralyzed Mexicans who have watched the foreign-sponsored war turn quiet neighborhoods, small towns, and city streets into battlegrounds.

What the Obama administration promotes could not happen in the United States. There never has been, and hopefully never will be, army soldiers armed with high-powered weapons and hand grenades ready to engage the enemy in the streets of Austin, or Boston or anyplace else. It was the Greek dramatist Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC) who is credited with the phrase "In war, truth is the first casualty." Today, it is the people who write the truth who are the first casualties.

Let there be no doubt about it: In 1968 the Mexican Army murdered hundreds of students - their own countrymen - who were staging a peaceful protest in Mexico City. Upset because President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz was spending a fortune on hosting the Olympics while poor people were on the verge of starvation, they wanted a non-violent means to express themselves. Instead, they were mowed down with machine guns, the bodies carted away. That military force has an extremely high desertion rate, poor training, low standards, and a reputation for brutality, torture, executions, and disappearances. This is where your tax dollars are going, another reason this country is so deeply in debt it may not be able to recover. America's 40-year-old "war on drugs" is an expensive, colossal failure. Voters need to tell the presidential candidates that they refuse to support it any more.

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