|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Mexico

Mexican Government Censored Reports on Earthquake, NGO Claims

MEXICO CITY – The NGO Article 19, based in London, which defends freedom of expression and the right to information, accused the Mexican government on Friday of concealment and censorship in its reports on the earthquake of Sept. 19.

In an extensive analysis, Article 19 concluded that the state “customarily deploys a policy of concealment and censorship,” and that in the case of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake was neither proactive nor efficient.

The NGO called it unacceptable that Mexican authorities used the resources intended to communicate the strategies and actions of government entities to promote the image of senior officials and institutions.

The tremor of 10 days ago caused at least 358 deaths and widespread material damage in the center of the country, which will take years to recover, according to calculations by specialists.

Article 19 described as worrying that 32 years after the magnitude-8.1 earthquake that left about 20,000 dead in 1985, the authorities did not take preventive measures to avoid the repetition of the catastrophe.

“We demand a communication policy that guarantees the population access to information, in order to provide certainty about the protocols implemented in disaster areas and about the needs of collection centers and shelters,” the document said.

It also recommended that the authorities ensure the free exercise of journalism and documentation with respect to human rights; effectively communicate prevention, care and reconstruction measures, and to provide diligently confirmed data on missing and hospitalized people.

For Article 19, it is important to guarantee the right to information of the families of people trapped in landslides by means of clear, permanent and transparent mechanisms, and to establish clear procedures for providing information to relatives of deceased persons.

Finally, the NGO called for “avoiding the political use of the needs of the population and responsible management of national resources, public and private, allocated to address the emergency, as well as resources provided by international organizations.”

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved