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MEXICO: New Law of Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists

Monday 25 June 2012 - 1:00am

25 June 2012

On 22 June 2012, President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, signed a new law which obliges both federal and state authorities to protect the rights of journalists and human rights defenders.

PEN Club Mexico was invited to witness the signing at Los Pinos, alongside various members of the press and human rights groups.

PEN International has long-campaigned for changes to Mexican law that will give more protection to journalists under threat.

The new law outlines three preventative measures in cases where journalists are threatened:

1. Urgent Measures, where the journalist under threat will be temporarily moved, under protection, from the area in which these threats were received.

2. Technical Measures, where the journalist will be provided with security cameras and specially armoured vehicles.

3. Instructive Measures, where the journalist will be offered courses in self-protection, manuals etc.

Jennifer Clement, the president of PEN Club Mexico attended the event, as did journalist Alicia Quiñones, who has worked with PEN Mexico on previous occasions.

To read Alicia’s excellent report on the event and the significance of this new law (in Spanish), please see the link to the Spanish version of this page below.