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Senate Approves Constitutional Reform Strengthening Protections for Journalists

LADB Article ID: 78535
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2012-03-21
By: Carlos Navarro

After many promises to enact tougher measures to protect journalists, Mexico has finally taken a decisive step that will offer new protections to reporters, editors, newscasters, photographers, and other members of the news media. In mid-March, the Senate unanimously approved reforms to the Mexican Constitution that spell out the federal government's responsibility to protect journalists. The reforms added a paragraph to Section 21 of Article 73 of the Constitution that makes attacks and intimidation of journalists a federal crime. The measure, previously approved by the Chamber of Deputies, must now be ratified by at least 17 of Mexico’s 32 state legislatures.

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