Mexican president vows to protect journalists

Mexican president vows to protect journalists

Following the fifth journalist murder in Mexico this year, President Enrique Pena Nieto assured media workers they would be better protected
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Following demonstrations after the murder of a prominent journalist who covered drug gangs, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto promised to provide better protection to journalists in his country.

Addressing the issue for the first time in a speech, Pena Nieto pledged to dedicate “the necessary resources to provide journalists and human rights defenders with the protection they need.”

Demonstrations have taken place in recent days following the death of reporter, Javier Valdez, and media groups have complained that Mexican authorities are allowing the threat of impunity to severely affect press freedom, and are failing to take necessary steps to provide safety to members of the media.

In response to this criticism he said that he would strengthen a mechanism within the public prosecution service aimed at fighting crimes against freedom of expression.

The mechanism has so far failed to stem the tide of violence against journalists, and according to reports, Valdes was the fifth media worker to be killed in Mexico so far this year.

Pena Nieto said that ongoing murder investigations into journalists’ deaths would be stepped up, noting: “violence against journalists and human rights defenders has opened a deep wound in our society.

“What people expect is results, and a fight against impunity,” he added.

 

 

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