On 19 October, the work of the Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders formally began. This organization will protect these subjects when their lives are at risk due to the work they engage in. The Council is comprised of people from civil society who specialize in human rights, journalism, and academia.
The Consultative Council will have in its membership Agnieszka Raczynska, the Executive Secretary of the Network All Rights for All; Edgar Cortéz, from the Mexican Institute for Human Rights and Democracy; Michael Chamberlain, director of Initiatives for Identity and Inclusion; and Juan José Perdomo, president of the National Network of Organizations of Older Adults, the Retired, and Pensioners. In the area of freedom of expression and journalists, members will include Rogelio Hernández, director of the House for the Rights of Journalists; Jade Ramírez, recipient of the National King Prize of Spain; Jorge Israel Hernández, collaborator of Masters degrees in journalism from the Center for Investigation and Economic Teaching A.C. (CIDE); and José Buendía, executive director of the Press and Democracy Foundation. As academics, Pablo Romo, members of Services and Assessment for Peace (Serapaz), and Armando Hernández Cruz, doctor of jurisprudence from UNAM will participate.
In a press-release signed by several civil-society organizations, these indicate that “we have reached yet another success so that in Mexico there be an institution that protects rights-defenders and journalists.”
For more information (in Spanish):
La Jornada: Integran consejo consultivo que protegerá a periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos (20/10/2012)
Página3: Nombran Consejo del Mecanismo de Protección a Personas Defensoras y Periodistas (20/10/2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):