OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR CONDEMNS
CRIME AGAINST TWO MEDIA WORKERS IN
According to the information received, the El Club comedy show host, José Luis Cerda Melendez, was found dead on Friday, March 25 in the city of
As the IACHR and United Nations Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression confirmed on their joint visit to
The Office of the Special Rapporteur urges the Mexican State to promote measures that protect the free and secure practice of journalism, such as the strengthening of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression, the transfer of investigations into crimes committed against members of the media to the federal justice system when required, and the correct implementation of security measures recently created that protect the lives and safety of threatened journalists.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur reminds the Mexican State that, according to the ninth principle of the IACHR Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, "The murder, kidnapping, intimidation of and/or threats to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of communications media violate the fundamental rights of individuals and strongly restrict freedom of expression. It is the duty of the state to prevent and investigate such occurrences, to punish their perpetrators and to ensure that victims receive due compensation."