Last month, veteran crime reporter Armando Rodríguez was gunned
down in Ciudad Juárez on the
According to CPJ research, Rodríguez is the 24th journalist
to be killed in
CPJ, along with a range of international and domestic press
A delegation from CPJ raised this concern in meetings last June with Calderón and with Congressional representatives. In the last few weeks, the executive and legislative branches have put forward competing proposals to federalize crimes against freedom of expression, a move that CPJ applauds.
In meeting with the CPJ delegation, Calderón pledged to put forward a proposal that would federalize crimes against freedom of expression in the context of constitutional amendments intended to address the spiraling violence affecting many sectors of society. Carlderón kept the promise. Here is a version of the proposal in Spanish.
We sympathize with the president's desire to broadly protect all Mexican citizens, but we remain concerned that the language used in the proposed legislation, which would allow the federal government to step in whenever a crime has "social relevance," is overly vague and could lend itself to misinterpretation or even abuse.
The congressional proposal takes a different approach; here is an official Spanish version. It would change the penal code to make it a federal crime to curtail an individual's right to freedom of expression. The proposed legislation would also reform the office of the special prosecutor for crimes against journalists by making it a dependency of the attorney general's office. The special prosecutor's office, created in February 2006, has been ineffective.
These two proposals have already sparked a vigorous and
productive debate about an issue of pressing importance to
Lea aquí la versión en español de esta nota.