Mexico.- Paloma Sanchezfederal deputy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), demanded that the Ministry of the Interior immediately deploy protection measuresthrough the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, in favor of Sinaloan journalist Juan Manuel Partida Valdez, who received death threats.
When presenting this proposal with a point of agreement before the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union, the member of the Parliamentary Group of the PRI (GPPRI) in the Chamber of Deputies stressed that on August 10, Partida Valdez, who is President of the Association Journalists of Sinaloa, received threats by phone.
The Sinaloa legislator Paloma Sánchez explained that the journalist was threatened to stop his investigative journalism activities.
He indicated that given the risk that Mexican journalists run and taking into consideration that Partida Valdez had already been threatened in 2017, “it is important that the matter be taken as seriously as possible by the Ministry of the Interior in order to safeguard the integrity of the journalist from Sinaloa and that of his family”.
He contextualized that Mexico, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders, is the most dangerous country to practice journalism in the world, since this year 14 of them have been murdered and in the last three years, attacks on the press have increased. increased by 85 percent.
PRI federal deputy Paloma Sánchez stressed that the climate towards freedom of the press and expression in Mexico is oriented “towards the stigma that the press that investigates and questions only wants to destabilize the government.”
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Finally, he said that there is evidence of the risk faced by Mexican journalists, taking into account that 60 percent of the attacks against the press come from government authorities.