translated from Spanish: UN creates «point» platform to protect journalists in Mexico

Mexico City.- As part of international day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), United Nations Agencies in Mexico presented the Puntual platform to provide journalists with comprehensive prevention and protection tools to deal with risky situations. The «Puntual» platform is a joint effort of the representations in Mexico of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-DH), the United Nations Information Centre in Mexico (CINU Mexico) and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women).
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It has several sections: one dedicated to the monitoring, analysis and recent communications about the assaults suffered by journalists; other tools for access to governmental protection bodies, civil society, international bodies, human rights agencies and manuals and guides to access the bodies.

It also has a section dedicated to documenting and generating national statistics on assaults, in order to promote positive progress in the judicial system related to cases of violence against journalists, analyzing challenges that explain the impunity that prevails. This is a construction effort, the design of which responds to principles set out in the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which encourages the use of the strengths of different agencies in order to promote synergies to work together to improve the efficiency and coherence of the UN System as a whole. It is also an observatory serving the mandate of agencies to work to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 16.10. And to measure the progress of this Objective, UN Agencies are working on indicator 16.10.1, which monitors the «number of verified cases of murder, abduction, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associate media personnel, trade unionists and human rights defenders in the past 12 months.» The platform was developed with funding from UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which in 30 years has mobilized some $120 million for more than 2000 projects in more than 140 developing countries and countries in transition.

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