miércoles , 27 enero 2021

«Ley Mordaza». Ni en sus mejores tiempos «El Chuquiqui» había sido tan famoso

«Ley Mordaza». Ni en sus mejores tiempos «El Chuquiqui» había sido tan famoso

Carlos Rosas

Culiacán, Sinaloa.- Las limitaciones que el Congreso de Sinaloa había aprobado al ejercicio periodístico como parte de la reforma a la Ley Orgánica de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado en materia del nuevo Sistema de Justicia Penal dieron la vuelta al mundo.

Medios locales, nacionales e internacionales dieron cuenta de la «Ley Mordaza» que los legisladores aprobaron, incluso algunos sin leer el contenido de la iniciativa.

La noticia se vendió como pan caliente en la comunidad nacional e internacional, generando el descontento de organizaciones gremiales, medios de comunicación y sociedad.

Dos días después de ser aprobada, el Congreso del Estado decidió dar reversa y modificar el artículo 51 Bis para que el ejercicio periodístico no se vea coartado cuando los reporteros cubran hechos violentos y no se vean imposibilitados para tomar video o fotografías.

El presidente de la Junta de Coordinación Política, Jesús Hernández Hernández Chávez, reveló que a raíz de la aprobación de esta ley, ha recibido llamadas de España, Nueva York y Argentina.

“Debo decirles que ni en mis mejores momentos estelares como político había tenido llamadas de España, Nueva York, de Argentina. Me hablaron de cuatro o cinco países. Ni en mis mejores momentos, pero vamos a darles respuesta, no puede prevalecer en ninguna ley algo que atente”, agregó.

A manera de broma, en un convivio con los reporteros de la fuente para dar como finalizados los trabajos del segundo periodo ordinario de la presente legislatura, «Chuquiqui» , como se le conoce en el argot político al presidente de la Junta de Coordinación Política, entre risa dijo «ni en mis mejores tiempos» había sido tan polémico.

BBC 

Mexican journalists denounce Sinaloa state ‘gag law’

Journalists in Mexico have criticised a new law that restricts crime reporting in north-eastern Sinaloa state.

The legislation bans journalists from taking pictures and recording video or audio at a crime scene.

Journalists will have to rely on official information approved by the Prosecutor’s Office to report on crime.

Media organisations, journalist unions and campaign groups have denounced the law as a serious threat to press freedom in Mexico.

Sinaloa state authorities say it is aimed at preserving crime scenes for police investigation.

«There will be many changes in the roles of each one of us,» said Sinaloa state Prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez.

«But there will be no restriction to the work of the media.»

‘Shorty Guzman’
The bill was proposed by Governor Mario Lopez Valdez and unanimously approved by state legislators on Wednesday night.

«The media will have access to information on the crime investigations through the press releases prepared by the official public information department,» establishes the law.

The legislation is due to come into effect on 15 October, but journalists – who refer to it as a «gag law» – say they will try to stop it being enforced.

«What’s going to happen to media and journalists who get information and publish it?» questioned Gabriel Mercado, head of the June 7 Journalists and Communicators Association, speaking to the Agence France-Presse news agency.

«Will they be detained?» he asked.

In February Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin «Shorty» Guzman, was arrested in Sinaloa.

He was the leader of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which controls much of the drug traffic to the United States via Mexico’s Pacific coast.

La Prensa

Mexican state bars media from crime scenes

Culiacan, Mexico, Aug 1 (EFE).- Legislators in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa passed a measure that bars reporters from crime scenes and sharply limits the press’ ability to cover issues of public safety and criminal justice.

The proposal, submitted by state Gov. Mario Lopez, was unanimously approved Thursday night, though one lawmaker admitted later that she voted for the bill without having read it.

Under the new law, crime reporters will have to rely exclusively on official bulletins from authorities.

Sinaloa is one of Mexico’s five most dangerous states, with 41 homicides for every 100,000 residents in 2013.

The state that gave birth to the first generation of Mexican drug lords is suffering through a period of heightened violence as rival groups jockey for supremacy following the arrest in February of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin «El Chapo» (Shorty) Guzman.

Calling the new media law something that would be appropriate in a dictatorship, Sinaloa Journalists Association head Juan Manuel Partida Valdez demanded its immediate repeal.

The association is ready to challenge the measure before Mexico’s Supreme Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, he said.

The uproar after the bill’s approval prompted Gov. Lopez to ask the state assembly to review and, if necessary, amend the legislation.

His administration does not want «to inhibit the free practice of journalism in Sinaloa,» he said Friday in a statement.

The controversy only grew louder with lawmaker Silvia Miriam Chavez’s admission that she voted for the .bill without being aware of its content.

«I feel ashamed because I am not accustomed to being a politician of lies,» she said. «The truth: yes, I voted for it and I didn’t notice.»

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