Photo: President Felipe Calderon Signing Decree to Protect Journalists
Mexican President Felipe Calderón in one of his last acts in office issued decrees to protect ‘Human Rights Defenders’ and Journalists
In his message, the President began by acknowledging those who dedicate their lives denouncing human rights violations and the work of reporters and journalists killed in Mexico. He noted that the media has been instrumental in building the “system of freedoms we enjoy today in Mexico.”
Some of the major aspects of the Law include:
• Establish cooperation between the Government and states to implement safety measures.
• An Emergency Measure of Protection, to provide temporary relocation and evacuation of journalists and activists threatened and detailed security measures for them. In additional they will be given safety equipment like security cameras in their homes and offices.
Finally, the President called on the three levels of government, public authorities and society as a whole to continue joining efforts in order to make Mexico a safe country for journalists and human rights defenders.