Mexico Senate votes to make attacks against journalists federal crime Katherine Getty at 10:31 AM ET
[JURIST] The Mexican Senate unanimously passed legislation [text, in Spanish] Tuesday that would amend Article 73 of the Constitution [text] to make attacks against journalists a federal crime. The action comes following the deaths or disappearances of almost 50 journalists [Miami Herald report] over the last five years. Most threats against journalists purportedly come from local and federal officers and law enforcement authorities. The Mexican government has taken heat in recent years from organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] for not protecting journalists. The organization released a report [PDF] in September 2010, which detailed the crimes against journalists and recommended ways to prevent future incidents, including the federalization of such crimes. In September 2011, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website] released a statement condemning attacks on journalists in the country. They cite that almost 80 journalists were targeted in the last decade [press release]. With the unanimous approval of the Senate the legislation now must pass 17 of 31 state legislatures for it to become law.
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