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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The final mockery of Peña Nieto

                                                                      He never cared a shit.

Javier Risco "The Hard Note"
In the last six years, the protection of human rights and journalists was never their priority. With insufficient offices, with absurd budgets, with a Special Prosecutor for the Attention of Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression that was unable to protect and investigate the murder of so many communicators, the government of Enrique Peña Nieto will be remembered as a dark time for liberties, that last PRI in power will be located in history as a president who was bothered by the press and human rights defenders to contempt.
How else was he going to close this sexennium but leaving them in oblivion? Without giving them a weight for their protection, there are two months left, "for what", they must have thought.
Yesterday, what should have been a cover story in all the media, appeared lost in the inside pages of the newspaper Reforma: "They suspend resources to human rights defenders."
The note, signed by the journalist César Martínez, is forceful: "The Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists was left without resources, so from this month the expenses of the protection measures can not be covered. beneficiaries, informed the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH).
The organism recalled that on September 19, the Undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), Rafael Avante Juárez, and the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Foreign Ministry, Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, pledged that the The federal government would deposit, before the end of September, 75 million pesos to the trust of the Mechanism (...) however, no recourse has been received in the trust ".
A mechanism that has proved insufficient, lame investigations into the killings of dozens of colleagues in this government alone, the constant fear of terrible security conditions in states that have been silenced because the crime - from the government and outside it - has had a systematic attack on those who want to be the voice of those who can not speak for themselves. Tamaulipas, one of the most emblematic cases.
If there are resources to exercise, journalists who had warned of threats against them have been threatened even when they enjoyed supposed protection, imagine now, without a weight of resources, in one of the most violent sexenios and with a government transition that by itself it can result in a rearrangement of organized crime that puts defenders and journalists in the spotlight. Really has not yet become a red light for the government?
A few days ago, the Chiapas correspondent Sergio Martínez González became the seventh journalist killed in 2018, the 46th of the Peña government. With 98 percent impunity. With very poor working conditions for journalists in almost all states. Free and secure press? Not in this Mexico.
This news becomes at the same time a real opportunity for the new government that claims to have the intention of generating a better relationship with the press, of protecting threatened and displaced colleagues and guaranteeing a real freedom of expression.
Removing the entire budget from the on its own protection. This is how the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto makes the final mockery: confirms a simulation he tried to hide but that in the speeches and in practice it was evident, within the priorities of his government the body of the "great reforms" of this country were more important than dignity and the struggle for a true democracy, because you can not speak of a free State with rights when there is always a pretext to violate the word and life itself.

Note taken from the Financial Mexico.

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