U.N. to visit Mexico to assess freedom of expression

The U.N. rights team will travel to Mexico City and the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and Sinaloa
“Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters" - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
24/11/2017
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In order to assess freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in the country, David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, and Edison Lanza, who holds the same position at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, will visit Mexico from November 27 to December 4 after an invitation by the government.

Both David Kaye and Edison Lanza indicated that media and journalists face pressures from a variety of actors fronts and added that "even though there are a series of protection measures, the exponential increase in violence and prevalent impunity demonstrate that the mechanisms of current protection are inadequate."

This visit will provide an opportunity to understand what changes in the institutional, legal and public policy framework may remedy the current situation assessing “whether the recommendations made back in 2010 were implemented."

The U.N. rights team will travel to Mexico City and the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and Sinaloa to meet with legislative, executive and judicial authorities at federal and state levels plus journalists, media and representatives of civil society.

“Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters,” concluded the experts.

To share their preliminary findings of their visit to Mexico, the rights experts will hold a press conference at the subregional headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico City on December 4.

The visit comes as journalists in Mexico are living through one of the worst waves of violence. Over the past 17 years, 111 journalists have been killed in the country, more one-third of them under the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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