Mexico – reinforce measures to protect our colleagues!
Press freedom and journalists’ safety in Mexico are in serious danger. On 15 May, Javier Valdez, a journalist and an expert in covering issues relating to “narcotrafico”, was shot dead. His is killing is not the only one that threatens journalism in the country. Eight journalists have been killed so far in 2017 and more than a hundred have died since 2000, according to figures compiled by the IFJ and its Mexican affiliate, Sindicato Nacional de Redactores de Prensa (SNRP).
Against this background the IFJ, together with the SNRP and the IFJ’s office in Buenos Aires, is launching an international campaign, both aimed at prompting investigations in to the attacks and improving security measures in order to prevent more attacks against our Mexican colleagues. We aim to put pressure on the authorities to ensure justice is done for the crimes committed.
On 30 June, we sent a letter to the President, Enrique Peña Nieto, urging him to show his commitment and political willingness by financially strengthening the protection mechanism for journalists, as well as the resources available to the Special Prosecutor in charge of investigating crimes against freedom of expression - Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos cometidos contra la Libertad de Expresión (FEADLE).
Our President has also sent a letter to the Attorney General asking him to turn the fight against impunity into a priority for the Mexican justice system.
Read all the solidarity messages from our affiliates to Mexican colleagues here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- We are asking all our affiliates to forward the letter to President Peña Nieto on behalf of their associations to the Mexican embassies in their countries. You can download the letter (in Spanish) here
- We also encourage all our affiliates to meet the Ambassador and deliver the letter personally, taking pictures of the meeting and promoting it on social media tagging the IFJ (@IFJGlobal) on Twitter so that we can boost your actions
- We ask you to publish some campaign visuals (in EN, FR and ES) on your social media again tagging the IFJ and the President Peña Nieto Nieto (@EPN), the SNRP (@snrpmex) and our office in Buenos Aires (@FIP_AL). You can also send solidarity messages to our Mexican union and colleagues to the following email address: snrpmxsrio(at)gmail(dot)com putting the IFJ in copy Communications(at)ifj(dot)org and post your messages on social media tagging us
- Suscribe to the SNRP newsletter and get their alerts - in Spanish. Spread their actions!
You must respect fear, Carmen Arístegui and Oleguer Sarsanedas, Democracia Abierta (26 July)
Can Mexico save its journalists?, Hugo Bachega, BBC News (4 July)
For any query, you can write to Esti Ortiz, from the IFJ Communications and Campaigns department in Brussels (EN-FR-ES): esti.ortiz(at)ifj(dot)org