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Attacks on Journalists in Mexico Come from Local Officials

By: Prensa Latina
Mexico, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The Advisory Council of the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Mexico warned on Sunday that many of the attacks on communicators and human rights defenders come from local and state officials.

 

The Council also warned the government about the risks of taking hasty measures just to alleviate the political crisis caused by the assassinations of seven journalists this year.

This situation already places 2017 as the second year, along with 2015, in which more communicators have been assassinated during the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.In the last year of the six-year term (2006-2012), amid increased violence, the law for the protection of defenders and journalists came into force.

The regulations provide for the creation and operation of a mechanism that issues ordinary and extraordinary measures of prevention and protection.

Experts think that this content is obscure, because the main source of aggression and threats arises from public servants (police, officials and agents, among others).

The latest assassination that shocked the sector was that of Javier Valdez, writer and correspondent for La Jornada in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

According to the Human Rights Commission, 126 journalists have been assassinated since 2000.

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