Friday, August 06, 2010

Body armour, helmets advised for Northern Mexico reporters

Mexico's journalist association has adopted a new " security protocol" for Chihuahua state, including recommended measures such as body armour and helmets, in the wake of attacks on media workers by drug cartels. The measures recommended by the State Human Rights Commission for reporters in the US border region is included in a new guide handbook, which details other safety advice such as waiting for security forces to arrive at a crime scene first, and to devise escape routes by car for when situations deteriorate. At least nine journalists have been killed or gone missing this year, and more than 30 have died since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organized crime three-and-a-half years ago, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)...more

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