Culiacán, Sinaloa.- As serious, he considered the statements of the mayor of CuliacánJesus Estrada Ferreiro, the representative in Mexico of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Jan-Albert Hootsen. This after today the mayor insulted a journalist from this publishing house and the media.
He explained that a public official can disagree with a newspaper, even point out that a note has not been correct but it is not correct that he expresses a violent speech, aggressive against a media outlet and journalists in a particular context, especially like Culiacán and Sinaloa.
Estrada declared today: “Look, the newspaper or whoever brought out that bullshit is altering the context… don’t let those who write be fools,” declared Ferreiro, he also expressed “I don’t care what they keep publishing, let them stick to the consequences, no I will give interviews now”. This after rejecting a note published by THE DEBATE this Wednesday where the mayor’s statement was written regarding gender-based violence as he had said: “The woman encourages them to harm her because she does not pay attention to the recommendations”.
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His statements would be classified as a form of intimidation because it can be interpreted -he said- that the mayor at the moment that some note does not like there could be a problem.
“It is not the type of behavior that a public official should have, never when communicating with the press,” said the representative of the international organization for the defense of freedom of expression and journalists.
These manifestations of insult contribute to the climate of hostility that already exists against the mediaalso taking into account the violence and impunity that exists in Mexico in cases of threats and intimidation against the press, Jan-Albert Hootsen considered in a telephone interview with THE DEBATE.
He said that any public official has the obligation to be accountable to the citizens and this bridge is achieved through the press. He explained that no one can force him to speak with the media or with a particular newspaper, however, he clarified that he has the obligation to have this space for dialogue with any media outlet, even if his actions are questioned, since that is what the surrender of accounts.
Questioned about the statements against journalists and media expressed by the President of the Republic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as well as official spaces such as Who’s Who in the Lies of the Week where the work of journalists in Mexico is criticized and disqualified, he commented that we find ourselves in a negative polarization that does not help in a climate of violence.
“I believe that we are in Mexico, we are entering a context of great polarization, that polarization is quite negative, I consider it does not help press freedom,” said Jan-Albert Hootsen of CPJ, a nonprofit organization founded in the United States and with presence.
The activist considered that it is important for politicians and officials to be more cautious, since the media and journalists must be able to interact with them without fear of having some kind of consequence if they publish a story.
He deepened that the world experience that the Committee to Protect Journalists has observed is that when public servants decide to attack the media verbally, this does not help and this creates an awareness among citizens that the press is dangerous, which causes a adverse context for the exercise of journalism as if the “bad guys” were the journalists.
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Mexico is the most dangerous country to practice journalism in the entire Western Hemisphere, according to CPJ, this year four journalists have been murdered in our country.
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