Sinaloa.- The Collective of Journalists for Peace yla Freedom of Expression from Mazatlan through a statement where they mention that they repudiate this type of act by police elements against fellow journalists as it is a blockade of the free exercise of journalism with use of violence and abuse of authority.
In said statement they also make known that the State has the duty to respect, guarantee, protect and promote human rights, for which we demand that the Mazatlán City Council do whatever is necessary to ensure compliance with article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that:
“Every individual has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the right not to be disturbed because of their opinions, to investigate and receive information and opinions, and to disseminate them, without limitation of borders, by any means of expression ”.
These freedoms are also supported by articles 6 and 7 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States.
Therefore, the actions carried out by the elements of the Mazatlán Public Security Secretariat violate the rights of freedom of expression and information of journalists and citizens in general.
At the same time, the integrity and security of communicators is violated in a violent context that places Mexico among the three most dangerous countries for journalism worldwide, according to indicators released by international organizations such as Article 19 and Reporters Without Borders .
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The Collective of Journalists for Peace and Freedom of Expression calls for the Mazatlán City Council to guarantee the free exercise of journalism and avoid actions that limit, directly or indirectly, the citizen’s exercise of fundamental rights.