MEXICALI — Journalists working in Baja California, both locals and those from other parts of the country and world, will be protected by a new program.
It is called the State Program of Journalists and Media Protection.
Enforced by the Manuel Buendía Foundation, the Mexican Academy of Human Rights and the National Union of Press Writers, the program will help every person working in media with his or her personal safety.
Cases like the assassination of Benjamin Flores in San Luis, Sonora, on July 15 1997, the attempted murder of Zeta weekly newspaper co-director Jesus Blancornelas, the threatening of the director of Mexicali weekly newspaper Sietedías, Sergio Haro, and the shooting of reporters Ernesto Alvarez and Gonzalo Gonzalez from the Tijuana daily Frontera by Claudio Ruffo, brother of former Gov. Ernesto Ruffo, are among the cases in recent years.
"Authorities have brought no attention to citizens' claims to clear these cases and to punish the ones responsible to quiet journalists," said a report from the human rights office.