Jan 30, 2012

Mexico Human Rights: No limit on federal spending for protection of journalists: Attorney General's Office

Milenio: "The deputy for legal and international affairs of the Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR), Alejandro Ramos Flores, said the federal government will spare no expense to clarify and punish crimes against journalists in the country. This was stated after he received a delegation from the International PEN organization, headed by John Ralston Saul.

During the meeting with the organization, which promotes freedom of expression, the PGR official referred to the protective measures not only for journalists and communicators, but also those who write in print and electronic media. Ramos Flores stressed the importance of the Special Prosecutor for the attention to crimes against freedom of expression, saying that its results help to ensure the free exercise of journalism in Mexico.

He stressed that our country is going through a transition in terms of legal enforcement and administration of justice, and human rights protection, with two major constitutional reforms passed in 2008 and 2011. Finally, he said that there is a proposal in Congress to reform the federal criminal code so that it will included a special chapter on crimes committed against journalists and thereby give the PGR total authority for such acts." Spanish original

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