A legislative milestone in Mexico
In what CPJ called "a step forward in the fight against
impunity," Mexico approved legislation that would implement a constitutional
amendment giving federal authorities broader jurisdiction to prosecute crimes
against freedom of expression.
The legislation, passed on April 25, will implement a constitutional amendment approved by the Mexican federal congress in
2012. The measure will establish accountability at senior levels of the
national government, evading the more corrupt and less effective state law
enforcement officials. CPJ had advocated widely for the passage of this
legislation. In 2008 and 2010, a CPJ delegation met with former Mexican
President Felipe Calderón, who promised he would implement the bill.