UN High Commissioner Echoes Concern for Mexican Journalists

UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet. Photo: Google


After Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) responded Friday, March 11, to the European Parliament’s appeals for him to protect journalists by calling them “sheep” and “interventionists,” United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet echoed the European lawmakers, saying that “the levels of violence experienced by Mexican journalists are alarming” and openly criticizing the impunity that exists around these cases.

“Unfortunately, on some occasions, officials have contributed to the climate of fear in which they work by denigrating journalists and the relevance of their work,” Bachelet said, in a clear message to AMLO, who daily berates journalists in his media press conferences.

Speaking during the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the high commissioner emphatically rejected the “climate of violence” experienced by Mexican journalists.

Bachelet made a call during her speech “to all governments to strengthen the protection of journalists, as well as accountability for crimes against them.”

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