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i think it does, is it fair that you know, that the government can apply that doesn't actually represent they all, some i mentioned, it is day. imagine it is road or house on why it be outrages and you know, it would be so infuriating. and i think that we need to be, you know, i remember the strategy i used to call me and arms acts of violence on every day. ah, and the top stories now on al jazeera russian troops are taking part in new military drills near ukraine. and in an ext crimea, the country's defense ministry says the scheduled exercises will continue all week to check the troops battle readiness. well, moscow blames the us for increasing tensions in the region. after putting its forces in europe on high alert, rushes troops build up on the ukrainian border has created fears of an invasion. u
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. s. president joe biden says that would be enormous. consequences should russia invade? as forces hi, alert guard are part of a nato operation. not a soul us operation and i've made it clear to our prison prudent and we would be what we're what we was secret, obligation article, farm obligation, tornado, ours. and if we try to continue to build up and or was to move, we would be reinforcing those, those troops. and i spoke with every one of our new allies in person or not person, virtually. and we're all the same page. there has been international condemnation of the latest qu, and burkina faso the un france and neighboring countries of all criticized move. but hundreds of people in the capital one to do go. i've actually celebrated the military take over. there had to be in deepening anger across the country because of a worsening security crisis. it's still not known where the overthrown president at
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rocket cowboy actually is. u. k. police have confirmed an investigation into parties home, the british prime ministerial residents in downing street, the metropolitan police commissioner said they were looking into possible breaches of cove in 1000 regulations. or, as johnson said, he welcomed the investigation, saying it would give the public clarity. and the international committee of the red cross says it's deeply concerned but intense fighting around the prison sees the by . i sal fighters in northeastern syria. about 45000 people have been displaced by the violence and has like a city. and the i, c r c is calling for immediate humanitarian axis. well, the stream is next. now, asking what's being done that to protect that mexican journalists, then i'll have one use for you and half an hour non
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ah, i us, i me. okay. the most dangerous place in the world for journalists to work other than in a conflict zone is mexico. this month alone, 3 journalists have been murdered. more missing in today's episode of the street, the dangers that journalists in mexico face and what is being done to protect them . the journalist on the show right now we're going to be using that experience, that stories to help us understand so much more young, albert and lucio, who i say good to have all of you here. young albert, please say hello the audience around the well tell them who you are and what you do
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. hi everyone. my name is young, albert holton. i'm a dutch journalist based to mexico city. i've been living here for about 12 years, and i'm currently the mexico representative for the committee to protect during this. i'm really glad to be here. that's a happy anthony c. a welcome back to the stream. we've done many shows review over the years. good to see back, please might out against who you are and what you do. hi, i'm mandel is an old so love. i am an independent multimedia journalist here in mexico city. and i'm also at the founder and general coordinator of frontline freelance, mexico, an organization that might, for a more general is not to be killed and also a support network for us freelance journalist in mexico to improve both our labor and working and safety conditions. i hope to see you again who hi, welcome to the stream. please introduce yourself to international audience. hi everyone. i am. my name is tori. i'm a freelance independent your lease working currently from australia. will them be
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working in the border? mexico and the united states for the last 15 years. and yeah, basically i'm a big concern. worry about the situation with my colleagues over there. and i'm borrow freelance mexico. so good to have all 3 of you. so we have so much expertise here. if you want to understand what is happening to john is in mexico and you're on the line. jumping to ask you to comment section, ask questions, share your comments. i do my best to get you into the program. i want to show you on my laptop, the street journalist who emerge it this month. ok, i'm just going to click through them. so you can see laura small down there with on the low pass margarita martinez. and jose luis can bo add a nice. i'm going to go back one picture because few whole hey this, these are not statistics. this is
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a friend. yeah, he's really confronted. been talking about the violence about your knowledge in mexico both. yeah, exactly. there are no just numbers or names. they are friends. i used to have lunch with marguerite, so many times i used to pay her daughter for our rights in my model by can i meet her wife? i drink a beer with him many, many, many times i we share man the coverage together and when and i've seen them most complicated situation seen on the border and with lower days, i mean hair. my dad is like you're not list and i need her to my dad when he started to work in the like 303030 years i will. they share all the scene tell if you wanna, and she's still working until last day when she was brutally kill it. so
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i knew them, i knew them, and i knew they were a brave people, that they are the wrong line of the media outlets. they are the people who go to the streets in the worst condition sample or their life, or, or royce, with the results that we're all right. now when i'm just wondering about the environment with which janice are working in mexico, 3 matters of 3. well known hard working journalist does that make headlines, destination, stop and take stock of what is happening or not? while it seems to do now, i don't think i've seen a public outcry as loud as this week since 2017 when 2 other journalist needles love of regional to say and how we have all this caught in us were brutally murdered in mexico over the past few years,
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there have been a lot of murders if there's been a lot of violence against reporters in mexico and very often seem to sort of just passed by. there's a lot of fatalism, a lot of frustration. but i think 3 murders in just a matter of 10 days and 2 murders in the same city and just a week is too much for mexican journalist a handle. i think this is, this is really, this is really released anger, frustration, fear, sadness. and it's going to be channeled into a nationwide protest which will be organized tonight in at least 40 different cities in the country. there's probably going to be a 100 or even thousands journalist, thousands of journalists there. and i think this is a very important moment watershed moment. we're mixing the during this are going to make clear to the government to their colleagues, into the world that this is just not acceptable anymore. so much violence against
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your colleagues. and i have, you are involved in these protests, analisia, you monitoring them as you are on the screen right now. what are you seeing and then whole hif into pictures from the protest from today. i believe you start and then we're start looking at jorge speeches. yes, what we're seeing is in incredible solidarity among journalists, and it's not a small thing that journalists are protesting in nuevo laredo, that will lead in lay on one. what though, in notice that i read our crews are like in all of these towns were very dangerous to be a journalist where other colleagues have been murdered and we see lor days herself had attended the protest of margaret eat though, and then she was killed. she had suggested that they have of, of, in the school have like some kind of company journalist competition name for him and then she was murdered. so that, that it's not a small thing for journalists that live in these very dangerous places to come and
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speak out. we've never seen this kind of mobilization before where so many of us are speaking out that this cannot go on. but also it's important to mentioned that today the president and, and blakeman will lopez over every morning. he has a presidential conference and press conference. and today at the press conference, there were many of our colleagues who protested in front of the conference, laying down their cameras and also hanging up pictures of their colleagues to have been murdered. but they were fearful to protest inside because it means perhaps they would no longer have access to their conference and also would be fired from their media outlets. which there is a lot of for charity, for journalists here in mexico. and on top of that, the president said that we are like boucher that we are complaining that before lord days had gone to this conference at 3 years ago. and she had expressed that she feared for her life after us doing the government media company. i've been this
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. yep. i by the government. i believe she asked. yeah, we have that. we have that moment, which is incredibly poignant. she's almost seeing her future own fate. so this is a 2019 press conference and she lot as is talking to the president. and she says this is have a listen very short line, but so important for you a broader level. i am here to ask you for your support, help and justice. because i fear for my life of them, of what we've either i fear for my life, i want to share some that hail my laptop. and i know you're going to have different responses to this. but it's from tried and lee. what did the journalists die reporting? do you have that information? and there are so many journeys who are risking their lives. why jorge? you can start and then a yon albert. i'll come to you why a journalist been killed,
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who's doing the killing? the initial response is mexico. it's got to be cartels. is that true? is not that simple day, they ask where to die, but 1st of all, i want to just continue with a little bit with say, and about the grade or again the session that we're having right now. and it's really hopeful to see more than 300 your knowledge around the country where been organized that in there what some group used to organize that brought this all over the country. and we are from the, from different companies. most of them are freelancer. so we'll have the protection from their own company, the companies that we were and we're working together. the pictures are you being seen this, you'll so you'll find you like all of my picture, but there is many, many more happening right now. right now, the quantity is going up and in a few hours, back into the question why the urinal is out of harping,
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kill in mexico. i think because he's very easy to about 2 until now into they. it's very easy to kill someone in mexico and you'll walk away because there is not the right just the system. there is a lot of corruption and he's not, you'll have all the car. so he's very easy to think all is because the car, though, is because that drug dealer know we are face teen royce, from different sectors. and many of these rates, it's coming from the official sector as well. there are many, many journalists who have been a right to write their voice, brought this in. this is more serious because they are, they gonna be facing the next day. the pressure from that may your, from the congress from the over nor all, or from the car down saw your notice. have a lot of in the me right now. so he's really are to say, this is the refund. and he's because they are doing research in that premium issues
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and is not that simple. it's not that simple. we're saying now that we're not to go to the funeral. and yet he was over in mainly the file and stuff because that people drawn up kind of thought. yeah lord, if she was go over in more government corruption and kind of stuff, it's all use multifactorial. i don't know, be my beliefs or agree with them. i would, i would add one of the reasons we never know why the journalist are killed is because there is so much impunity in these cases, so over 90 percent, or possibly even 95 percent of the cases of murders, including over the 100 journalists who have been murdered over the past 2 decades. we don't know who killed them or why they killed them and no one is sentenced for their murders. so it's hard to know who is behind them if we never know also, it is very common that the government tried to say that they were not murdered for
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their profession. one of a very famous journalists, mccracken journalists ridge road, he no martinez in the state of better cruise she was murdered in 2012. and one of the things that i, when i investigate the case i'm with most absurd, she had make up in their house. and so the government in their investigation said she has make up. therefore she was probably dating. so it's probably a lover who killed her because she had make up. and if that that case with morgan, he thought that he had some issue with some neighbors and i think they were drunk. so they came and tried to kill him because that's an issue or some land. so the government always trying to find a way out, and thing journalists are not being killed for being journalists, are being killed for some other reason. instead of actually really trying to get to the bottom of these cases and find out why so many communication workers are being assassinated here in mexico. so you want over, i want to play to you a video comment that my senate sent us a little bit earlier. she really lands on this idea of impunity, which you have
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a listen, watch the video and then immediately react on the back of it. i want to understand from your perspective what impunity means in mexico. let's take a look. we are the best thing to go over meant to do something the dope is keying to prevent and to investigate because the puny killed just because they should be sending the potion to kill again. we have been demanding these for more than 12 years now. many, much, much anymore and this is not this topic. so now we are calling people to but then we, we do this so, so i had the to come with us and to defend their freedom of 5th fish and their
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freedom to be inform. well, you know, marcellus i think it's good for us or no more with what she's saying. i think impunity in mexico is a series of errors. busy a series of. busy events that indicate gross incompetence and like a will by different authorities in mexico to properly investigate. and i think the best way to explain it is by giving you a few anecdotes. for example, a few years ago, a journalist in the cruise was murdered and it took the authorities in cruise up to 3 months to even make a sketch of the possible suspects in the case indicates louise gumbo of 2 weeks ago, whose almost immediately after he was murdered the local police was reporting to local journalist that he was most likely rob, which is sort of like
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a favorite explanation nowadays for the authorities. the basically not investigate whether journalist are murdered because of their job. well, i spoke with the government official, he's not actually part of the investigative team there. and he told me to say, louise, who was step 7 times in the city. of course he was struggling financially. he wasn't carrying any money and he was stabbed in broad daylight in the residential area. so it's very highly, highly unlikely that he was robbed in the middle of a residential area. and nobody noticed, and i think on the lucy already mentioned it in the case of margaret april municipal police and the one sold local journalist. well you know. busy there was a conflict with neighbors over a piece of land and there was alcohol involved and then he got shot. and it was actually the state authorities and part of california probably responding to public outcry that the murder cause, who said, well no, that actually that conflict with the navy was not actually, it was just discussion. it happened months ago and there was no alcohol involved.
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so what you see here is the unwillingness of the mexican authorities to take even the most basic steps to conduct the decent investigation. very little in terms of forensic evidence is being gathered. and many times already don't even take a threat against their allies seriously related to their journalism. particularly women, female journalist and mexico have to deal with this problem that they're not being taken seriously by, by the authorities. and impunity in that sense is sort of a chronology of failures and grows, incompetence, unwillingness and indifference body authorities. i'm going to bring in a new voice into conversation. this is laura. she is a journalist and she gives us a sense of what it is like to working mexico. when she worked in mexico and what it is like today, what is that difference? this is what she told us idea. i believe many journalists continue to do this type
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of work, knowing the dangerous because they feel strongly about holding people accountable and making sure that the public knows the truth. especially when people are going to great lengths to make sure that you don't. i covered cases in 1997 in p. wanna where another newspaper publisher has to splunk court now last was had an assassination attempt on his life and was shot. his bodyguard was killed right in front of his office. and again, he was just trying to do his job, and i'm trying to hold people accountable and making sure that the public knew who was responsible for the violence and what was going on if you wanna. and it's a very sad situation that this is still happening today. oh hey, what i had to know. i say that we thought about you and about you finding out about margarita and about you getting to work straight away to cover that story of
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somebody that you knew. personally, let me know what keeps you working as a journalist, knowing that there a risk that you and your colleagues are taking every day. i'm totally agree with louder because now having a different perspective, i'm a start to realize that many themes that i assume as a normal and these not normal is not normally not, not there are countries is not normal in australia where i am all there. grace, all day break i recession of the, your know least i was having the mexico and yes, i believe very there for their reaction on the, when something happened of all your the, your little, this is cover and make the story. but these really are when you make the story of your friends, the story or i'm not there, you're not available right now. the, on the motion, them all is terrible. if i for broke, i break many,
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many things are in the last few days, but i have be this the issue of the protest today. so i want to see more than that, you're know, lease, i want to see the community. i want to see the people joining us because he's very important they need to raise their voice because we're been there for many years. and then in many, many situations. so i really of some members of the community can, can join us tonight. i'm just looking at each it with a lot of questions that are audience are watching. i mean, there is max, i'm going to put this one to you and to loose. yeah. is anything being done to curb the problem besides spreading awareness? i don't. yeah. yes. well, the government actually has a protection program for journalists, and so sometimes it's a, there's a federal protection. there's also state protection and its protection program involved sometimes that journalists have body guards. often the journalist
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themselves have to pay the gas for the vehicle of the body, guards or pay for other costs, or if they have cameras outside their home to protect them, they have to pay for all those costs and journals in mexico often make around $200.00 or $300.00 a month if that. so these costs are sometimes for him to be expensive for journalists are already making so little. but also beyond the cost. we have seen numerous journalists who have been murdered while under these protection programs, lord is, was in a state protection program. i understand that he had body guards and that somehow the body guards were not there at the moment that she was murdered. and so there are cases that are loser cases all over. so there needs to be a further analysis showing that this government protection program clearly does not work, but also we ourselves have to organize and protect ourselves. that is why we have organizations like frontline freelance, mexico and we are out on a dangerous assignment. we have colleagues who are monitoring with g p. s,
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right. as we are working in these areas where we could say, someone just threatened me someone you know, that looks like the police want to make sure we leave this area, etc. and sometimes we can't, you can't always prevent a murder. you can't always prevent a threat. you can't do everything that is necessary to prevent those violence, but we have seen that the government does not protect them. and it said called as vultures for complaining about our colleagues being murdered. so we ourselves have to form these networks of support where we can have better working conditions, safer working conditions, and also even thera payment, which is also related to safer conditions. so guess i'm saying, i'm not, i love reaction to what you're saying. and a lot of consternation from as you is who are in mexico saying that every day it is the same violence, corruption of a thing as pointing at the government as well. i wouldn't bring a michael elect yeti. he's a managing editor of mexico violence resorts to project. talking about the
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government's reaction to the dangerous journalists are going through yon al, but have a listen to the video and then respond the mexican government protection mechanisms for journalists who are risk, have largely failed. and that's because they're not trusted by journalists, and they don't really provide good recourse to journalists who are risk. the mexican government is consistently failed to really prosecute cases of violence against journalists, not ranges from both murders, to lower level threats and intimidation that occur on a much more regular basis. and because there's just consistent impunity for violence against journalists, it tends to propagate more violent. well, i think those comments are right on the money. i think there are 2 different issues here that are both equally important. first of all, to give you an idea,
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the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, as the budget of less than 400000000 paces for this year. and the mexican federal government has apparently been trying to frame that as if it were the good thing because it's the highest amount of money that the mechanism has ever had. but it's barely $20000000.00 in a country that is 50 to find the size of the netherlands, the country where i'm from. meaning that it's actually a negligible amount that doesn't really make it in the situation of violence. and even the amount of money that they have is very. busy poorly spend, there's a lot of wasteful spending. there's not a lot of accountability. there's a lot of problems with coordination. problems with the profiles of the people who do the risk evaluations. and there's not really a sort of a mechanism of accountability. so even if there are, even stakes are being made that will cost lives as on the lucy, i mention them, nobody is ever reprimanded even for that. and i think the other thing that's also
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very important that was mentioned in the previous video, is that the mechanism, even if it had enough people. and even if it had the legal tools to properly protect as many journals as we'd like to even with enough money, it is still just a protection mechanism that can only respond to the threats it doesn't investigate . so the real to really curb desire lynch to get back to the question asked by our viewers, the mexican government will have to invest in procurement of justice in combating violence and lowering that staggeringly high. impunity rate of over 95 percent. if you don't do that, then you can get the biggest and the most efficient protection mechanism in the world, and it will not make the difference in the long run. but i'm going to leave the conversation there for now and to lose. yeah, and jorge. thank you. so much for bringing your expertise, your experience here to the stream. thank you. on you to for your comments and
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