Court condemns Mexico for murders of journalists

The Hague, Netherlands.- A popular court on Monday condemned Mexico for the murders of journalists and called for an “independent and complete” examination of the current measures to protect the media.

Made up of international jurists, the court heard statements about the murders of several reporters in Mexico, Sri Lanka and Syria for six months.

Among the audiences, the death of Lasantha Wickrematunge, in 2019, in Sri Lanka, that of Miguel Ángel López Velasco in Mexico, assassinated in 2011, and that of Nabil Al-Sharbaji, in Syria in 2015, were heard.

“The three countries for their acts of omission, especially the lack of investigation, the absence of reparation for the victims and the impunity are guilty of violations of rights,” declared Argentine judge Eduardo Bertoni.

The court, located in a 17th-century church in The Hague, the Netherlands, judged the inability of those countries to protect the lives of journalists, which “demonstrates the lack of a broad will” to bring to justice those who kill journalists. .

“Impunity must end,” Judge Gill Boehringer reiterated online.

The court was created by three major press freedom organizations: Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Boehringer mentioned a series of necessary measures to that effect, especially an independent and complete examination of the apparent inability of the international community’s initiatives to protect the media, largely through the intermediation of the United Nations.

“In times of rising authoritarianism and populism, the problem of crimes against journalists continues and worsens around the world,” said Helen Jarvis, a judge at the court.

Judge Marina Forti added that the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 “demonstrates in a dramatic way the problem of establishing the responsibility of the authors and those who commanded them and of bringing them to justice.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke out in September against bringing to justice the soldier who shot the American-Palestinian reporter while covering an Israeli military attack on the refugee camp in Jenin, West Bank, Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory. .

Worldwide, more than 2,170 journalists have been killed since 1992, and in the vast majority of cases, the killers go free, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

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