Press freedom organization issues alert for Mexico

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The Mexican government must bring an end to the impunity enjoyed by those who kill and threaten journalists and ‘apply themselves to the investigation and review of all of the cases of journalists killed and missing,’ was the Inter American Press Association’s (IAPA) message to Mexico at the closing of its 64th Annual General Assembly in Madrid this week.

In a resolution issued to the federal government of President Felipe Calderon and its state branches, the press freedom group noted the Mexican authorities’ lack of will to investigate crimes against journalists here and the ineffectiveness of the Special Prosecutors’ Office for Crimes against Journalists.


The missive from the IAPA demanded ‘that the Special Prosecutors’ Office for Crimes against Journalists reexamine all cases of journalists killed or missing in the country, take them under its jurisdiction, investigate them and report on every one of the cases in a clear and serious fashion, in order to fulfill its mission of doing justice and ensure’’ against impunity.

Three journalists have been killed in Mexico in the last six months, and as we reported earlier this week, this country is one of the most dangerous in the Western hemisphere for journalists.

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-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City