Saturday, October 8, 2011
Calderón praises Mexico's free press
“A free press is one of the best antidotes to the lie,” said Calderón. "It’s the most powerful safeguard we have to protect all of the political, economic and social freedoms which were won at such a great cost by Mexico, and that beyond any doubt we enjoy today."
The president emphasized that a free press is a “public treasure” which must be responsibly used by journalists, especially with respect to the extreme narcoviolence racking the country. He did not elaborate, other than to say that victims of such violence must never be exploited or used. He extended the comments to victims of sex trafficking and other social ills.
Calderón said that in its 95 years, El Universal “has made the written word into a force for peace, for justice, for liberty and for the spread of democracy.” He added, “Yes, I know, in its pages we have read of difficult days for Mexico. But we’ve also read (many examples) of a great and beautiful country in which we can take pride.”
“Because of a free press, today we have an open, plural and democratic society where all enjoy the liberty to opine and to dissent with absolute freedom,” he concluded.
Mexican constitutional guarantees
Article 6, Constitution of Mexico:
"La manifestación de las ideas no será objeto de ninguna inquisición judicial o administrativa
The free expression of ideas shall not be the subject of any judicial or administrative inquiry or trial."
Article 7, Constitution of Mexico:
"Es inviolable la libertad de escribir y publicar escritos sobre cualquiera materia
The freedom to write and to publish about any matter shall not be abridged."
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