Mex­ico’s pres­i­dent calls for pro­tec­tion of jour­nal­ists

Cape Breton Post - - News -

MEX­ICO CITY — Mex­ico’s pres­i­dent says he’s tak­ing ac­tions to halt slay­ings of jour­nal­ists, though he hasn’t given specifics. Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto did not take ques­tions at a Wed­nes­day event called “ac­tions for free­dom of ex­pres­sion and pro­tec­tion of jour­nal­ists and de­fend­ers.’’ He re­quested a mo­ment of si­lence for those killed.

Pena Ni­eto was flanked by his se­cu­rity cabi­net and gov­er­nors as he promised more re­sources to help jour­nal­ists un­der threat and for the spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing such crimes. Past mea­sures have been in­ef­fec­tive in stop­ping blood­shed among the coun­try’s me­dia work­ers.

The slay­ing Mon­day of jour­nal­ist Javier Valdez in Si­naloa state was the sixth this year.

Pena Ni­eto also called gen­er­ally for bet­ter co-or­di­na­tion be­tween fed­eral and state author­i­ties.


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