A posthumous acknowledgment to the 13 dead communicators

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) awarded the Grand Prize for Freedom of the Press in memoriam to the 13 Mexican journalists who, since October of last year, have been murdered in Mexico. Among them is the columnist for EL DEBATE Luis Enrique Ramírez, who will have died for three months next Friday, August 5, without justice having been sought so far. There is still no one behind bars for the crime.

THE SOCIETY Interamericana de Prensa, is not only a posthumous recognition of those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom of expression and the right to information in Mexico, it is also an international demand that security conditions be guaranteed in the country for communicators and those who exercise freedom of the press. “Journalism is a risky job, but nowhere in our America is it as risky as in Mexico,” warned the president of the IAPA Awards Committee, Leonor Mulero.

THE CALLS FOR ATTENTION of the UN for the alarming violence directed against the press in Mexico have been consecutive in the last three years. There is an international alert due to the vulnerability in which journalism is practiced in this country and the impunity in which 95 percent of the attacks against press freedom prevail. In Sinaloa, just last week the Institute for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists was formed. Judith Bernal Arellano was elected as its first incumbent and it is an arduous task that awaits her, because it is necessary.

Source: Debate

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