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72nd Assembly of the Inter American Press Association

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President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the 72nd Assembly of the Inter American Press Association in Mexico City and signed the Chapultepec Declaration.

“This Assembly is taking place at a crucial moment for our societies. Information and communications technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and communicate”: EPN

He highlighted the technological changes and the role of digital media and social networks, through which more and more people are informed, debate and form opinions.

Digital media and social networks are a good platform for exposing and denouncing what does not work. 

The Inter American Press Association has witnessed these great changes over more than seven decades.  

Progress and goals

Information and communications technologies pose new challenges to governments around the world.

  • There has been a significant increase in Internet coverage in Mexico; nowadays, 60 million people surf the net. This represents growth of over 50% between 2012 and 2015.
  • Democratic governments face the challenges of improving the way we interact and dialogue with citizens; of convincingly explaining progress and combining efforts to overcome the current challenges.
  • One of the effects of the crisis of violence registered in Mexico at the end of the previous administration was the increase in the number of acts of aggression against media professionals. In 2010, the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression was created, followed by the Mechanism for the Protection of Persons Defending Human Rights and Journalists in 2012.
  • During this administration, the institutional capacities of both agencies for responding to this challenge have been strengthened.
  • Operational and technical improvements have been made to the Protection Mechanism, with the assistance of the international organization Freedom House.
  • The mechanism currently protects 452 people, 285 of whom are human rights defenders and 167 journalists.
  • For its part, the Special Prosecutor has new legal powers to address and process denunciations of attacks on journalists in the exercise of their profession. To date, the Special Prosecutor has processed 48 cases.
  • In support of the Protection Mechanism, 249 requests for protective measures have been met for the benefit of journalists and their families.

This government will continue to work with non-governmental and human rights organizations both nationally and internationally.

Strengthening the Protection and the Prosecutor’s Mechanism, together with the recent structural changes in government transparency, the fight against corruption, and criminal justice have placed Mexico on the right path to reducing impunity.

“In the Age of Information and Knowledge, governments have to act in a glass box, shoulder to shoulder with society and under media scrutiny. That is how we understand it in Mexico.

“This openness is reflected in the breadth, vitality and diversity of journalism in this country. Over 1,200 newspapers and magazines are published in Mexico, and hundreds of news programs are broadcast on radio and television.

“In addition, there are thousands of websites and blogs on the Internet, together with social networks, where millions of Mexicans obtain information and express themselves freely”: EPN

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"72nd Assembly of Inter American Press Association," Presidency of the Republic Blog, Oct. 14, 2016, Mexico, DF; translation Presidency of the Republic

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