Mexico - IFEX Member Campaigns
Reporters Without Borders and WAN-IFRA have written to French President François Hollande urging him to raise the issue of the safety of journalists and impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel during his two-day official visit to Mexico.
A series of actions commemorating writers and journalists killed in recent years as part of PEN International's focus on Killings with Impunity in 2012.
"The majority of Mexican journalists have become war correspondents in their own country ever since President Felipe Calderón launched his war against drug trafficking and the battles spilled out into the streets," says Turati.
ARTICLE 19 and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) held their first one-day meeting to share experiences of addressing violence against journalists, exchange best practices and strategies on protection, and learn from each other.
The forum will be held in Mexico City on the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The amendment, which was passed by the Chamber of Deputies, would enable federal authorities to prosecute crimes against journalists and freedom of expression.
ARTICLE 19's submission highlights how violent attacks against the press have resulted in a chilling effect on the media in several cities, especially those gripped by the ongoing public security crisis.
Thus far there is no information about the investigation into the 2008 murder of Armando Rodríguez, nor whether anyone has been arrested or charged.
A preliminary report by the UN Working Group on Enforced on Involuntary Disappearances highlights a number of ARTICLE 19's key concerns, especially in relation to the disappearance of journalists and the lack of information provided to their families.
Emilio Gutiérrez Soto is currently living with his son in Las Cruces, New Mexico, awaiting a decision from an immigration judge.
Deaths tied to drug violence and grave human rights violations have increased significantly since Calderón deployed the military in 2007 to combat drug cartels.
Participants at the Border Editors and Newspaper Publishers Forum analysed the situation facing the Mexican press and studied how to make the profession safer under government protection.
A letter signed by hundreds of newspaper readers was sent to the president, urging him to ensure that those responsible for killing Armando Rodríguez are brought to justice.
The first in a series of IAPA videos takes place in Nuevo Laredo, where the "El Mañana" newspaper finds itself caught up in the fight against the illegal drug trade.
The groups agreed there is a need for freedom of expression and journalists' organisations to continue and add to measures that promote and support the right of journalists and media outlets to carry out their work.
During a number of panel discussions, an agreement was reached to monitor the federal government's promises and support the formation of a system to protect journalists.
The president told a delegation from IAPA and CPJ that he will insist on making crimes against journalists federal offences.
IAPA's president said, "This course has come at the right time, when journalists and media in Mexico have had to put up with the scourge of violence."
This unprecedented envoy is a severe indictment of the rapidly deteriorating freedom of expression situation which has witnessed increasing impunity to the violence being perpetrated against its media outlets, ARTICLE 19 said.
In a letter to President Calderón, CPJ expresses concern about a series of incidents in which federal security forces have attacked reporters who cover crime and report on law enforcement operations.