Mexico enacts new law protecting journalists

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Mexico enacts measures to protect reporters, activists

One of the decrees establishes the Law for the Protection of Journalists and Defenders of Human Rights, by which the federal and state governments eliminate jurisdictional divisions in cases of people who are “victims of threats and persecution,” [President Felipe] Calderon said.

International journalism groups also commented:

IAPA welcomes enactment of law to Protect Journalists in Mexico

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Expressed satisfaction at the signing Into law today by President Felipe Calderon Mexico’s measure of a That will serve to Protect Journalists and human rights defenders. At the Same time, the IAPA urged the Government to speed up actions to put Into effect a constitutional Amendment That Brings Crimes Against members of the press under federal jurisdiction.

In the meantime, journalists continue to come under fire from the narcos and corrupt local officials.

And there is some good news.

Journalist Stephania Cardoso and her 2-year-old son were found alive and are now under police protection.

Cardoso, a police beat reporter, was kidnapped June 12.

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