Mexico: IFJ Executive Committee Motion

Executive Committee meeting by videoconference on December 16 and 17, 2020.

Journalists demonstrate against the murder of their colleague Maria Helena Ferral at Lerdo square in Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico on April 1, 2020. Credits: HECTOR QUINTANAR / AFP

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents 600,000 members in 150 countries, is appalled by the assassination of Jaïme Daniel Castano Zacarias, a photojournalist from Jerez (Mexico) on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. This colleague was previously threatened and was under state protection. He was killed after he had exercised his profession by photographing corpses on the side of a road.
The Executive Committee recalls that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for press freedom, where more than 100 journalists have died since the beginning of this century.
The IFJ Executive Committee shows its full support to its affiliate in Mexico, the SNRP (Sindicato Nacional de Redactores de Prensa), to Mexican journalists and recalls that only the adoption of the "International Convention for the Safety and Independence of Journalists and other Media Professionals" by the United Nations General Assembly will make it possible to prosecute the killers of journalists and the masterminds behind these crimes and put an end to the unacceptable level of impunity they currently enjoy.

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