Mexican human rights commission presents guide for protecting the press

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  • October 8, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) published a guide with measures for protecting journalists at risk and countering the violence against the press, reported EFE and La Jornada.

According to the head of the CNDH, Raúl Plascencia, the guide was compiled with the help of specialists, journalists, and civil organizations, but it can be expanded, added El Universal.

Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism. The problem of violence against the media is aggravated by impunity, even though a special prosecutor was established to handle these cases. According to La Crónica de Hoy, Plascencia said four percent of federal investigations into attacks against journalists have been prosecuted. The rest remain in impunity.

For more information about violence against journalists, see this Knight Center map pinpointing threats against journalism in Mexico.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.