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the selective farmers who refused the plan of the campaign that the government are to go organic, were worried and fearful about the consequences of a rapid transition. i can understand that, but it doesn't mean to say what the government was trying to do was wrong. ah, again, i'm fully back to go with the headlines on al jazeera, the u. s. is working on reducing europe's dependence on russian gas as tension bills over ukraine, washington and its european allies as carrying global markets for other sources in case moscow squeezes supplies. in retaliation against any sanctions, and russia is holding a week of military drills in the region and in annex crimea, in ukraine effort. shipment of american weapons and ammunition has arrived. as in joe biden has warned, a russian invasion of ukraine would be a world changing event. alan fisher has gone from washington. it's interesting that
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he is trying to get a united front across the us. one of the things he insists on doing is putting his 8500 troops on heightened standby. none of them will be going to ukraine. he says. but of course, if there were any need to allies like in poland or romania countries bordering ukraine, he'd be more than happy to send them there. if there was a need. the u. s. coast guard is searching for survivors after a boat capsized near florida. a man was found clinging to the small vessel about 70 kilometers from fort pierce inlet. he told rescue is 1st 9 hours were on the boat when it left the bahamas on saturday night. the coast guard says they are treating a desi, suspected case of human smuggling. the military coup in booking of fossil has received international condemnation, but hundreds of people celebrated in the capital on tuesday in support of the army . soldiers say they took power because the government failed to contain
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a tax by armed crowds gathering enough really to protest against what they say is invasion. day january 26 is known as australia day, but a growing number of australian se colonization led to oppression abuse and genocide of indigenous people. and that the bay shouldn't be celebrated. 7000 people at the center of a 1900 cluster in hong kong have been ordered to stay home after cases spread to a 3rd building. more than 2 and a half 1000 people were supposed to be free from a 5 day lockdown on wednesday. but it's not been extended until friday, and police in london have opened an investigation into parties. how that government offices that allegedly violated coven, 1900 lockdown walls, u. k prime minister voice johnson says he welcomes investigation. he's already facing calls to stand down. and those are the headlines on al jazeera. i'll be back with more news after the stream. americans are increasingly say authoritarianism might not be so bad. there were several steps along the way where the chain of
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command, if you like, tried to cover what's your take on why they've gotten the so wrong. that to me is the political mouth for the bottom line on you with politics and policies and the impact on the world on al jazeera with i us and the ok, 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. war missing. in today's episode of the stream, the dangers that journalists in mexico face and what has been 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 to 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. hi everyone, my name is young,
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over totem. 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 and really glad to be here. it's a happy antony. see a welcome back to the stream. we've done many shows review over the years. good to see back please. you might out williams who you are and what you do. hi, amanda lives and also love. i am an independent multimedia journalist here in mexico city. and i am also at the founder and general coordinator of frontline freelance, mexico, an organization that might, for 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 had a guy who i welcome to the strain. please introduce yourself to an international audience. hi everyone. am my name is anita. i'm a freelance independent journalist working currently from australia about them
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being working in the border, mexico and the united states for the last 15 years. and yeah, basically i'm a big concern. worried about the situation with my colleagues over there, and i'm part of the pro life freelance next. 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 your online jumping to add 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 journal here with this month. ok, i'm just going to click for them. so you can see notice now down there. but on the low pass margarita martinez and jose louis can i add a nice? i'm going to go back one picture because few who, hey, this isn't not statistics. this is
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a friend e i is really confronted. been talking about about the violence of your knowledge in mexico. yeah, exactly. they are not just numbers or names. they are friends. i used to have lunch with marguerite, so many times i used to pay her daughter for a ride in my moral bike. i made her wife i drink. got couple beer with him many, many, many times i we share man the coverage together. and when i'm, 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 least in i need harry 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 a kill it. so i knew them, i knew them and i knew they were
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a brave people, but they are there for online. all of the media outlets, there are the people who go to the streets in the worst condition sample or their life, or, or royce, with their results. 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? well, it seems to do now. i don't think i've seen the public outcry as loud as this week since 2017 when 2 other journalist middle slot reach them to say, and how we have all this got enough, were brutally murdered in mexico. over the past few years, there have been
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a lot of murders if there's been a lot of violence against reporters in mexico. and degree 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 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 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 the pictures from the protest from today. i believe you scott. and then we're start looking at jorge speeches. yes, what we're seeing is an 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, a notice that i read our crews are like in all of these towns where it's very dangerous to be a journalist where other colleagues have been murdered and we see lord a's a herself had attended the protest of margaret e t o and then she was killed, she had suggested that they have of, in the school have like some kind of compet journalist competition name for him and then she was murdered. so 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, that this cannot go on. but also it's important to mention that today, the president and manuel 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 lane down there 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 butcher that we are complaining that before more 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
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by the government. i believe she asked. yeah, we have that we have that moment, which is incredibly poignant. she's almost seeing a 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 it. but i don't know. i am here to ask you for your support, help and justice, because i fear for my life that them a bottom 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 journalist di 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, our, 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, could 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 helpful to see more than 300 your knowledge around the country where been organized that in there, by what sub 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 to go 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 in today is very easy to kill someone in mexico. i'm used to walk away because there is not the right just the 5th them. there is a lot of corrosion and these 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 and brought this in. this is more serious because they've, they gonna be facing the next. they the pressure from that may your, from the congress from the over nor all, or from the car down saw they your notice have a lot of in the me right now. so he's really are and say, this is the refund. and because they are doing research in that premium issue and
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is not that simple, it's not that we're seeing now that we're motivated 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 it more over man, corruption and that kind of stuff, it's all use multifactorial. i don't know. be my lease 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 and he number dean is 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 to 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 all that, 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 to 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 think to the overman, to do something the dope is keying to prevent and to investigate because a punitive kill just because the purity sending the potion to killer 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 took a society to come with us and to defend their freedom of speech and their freedom to be in for well, you know,
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i think it's good for us. we're getting more with what she's saying. i think impunity in mexico is a series of errors, a series of events that indicate grows incompetent 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 close 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 journalists that he was most likely rob, which is sort of like
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a favorite explanation nowadays for the authorities. basically not investigating whether a journalist are murdered because of their job. well, i spoke with a government official and he's not actually part of the investigative team there. and he told me, well 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 stabbing rob 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 she already mentioned it in the case of margaret april, municipal police and why not sold local journals as well. you know. busy there was a conflict with neighbors over a piece of land, and there was an alcohol involved and then he got shot. and it was actually the state authorities in california probably responding to public outcry that the murder cause, who said, well no, that actually even had a 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 in mexico has to deal with this problem that they're not being taken seriously by, by the authorities and impunity. and that seem to sort of a chronology of failures and grows and competence, unwillingness and indifference body authorities. going to bring in a new voice into conversation. this is laura she 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 dealt. i covered cases in 1997 in p. wanna wear another newspaper publisher 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, i thought about you and about you finding out about margarita and about you getting
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to work straight away to cover that story of somebody that you knew pass me, let me know what keeps you working as a journalist, knowing that that i respect 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. countries is not normal in australia. where i am all their worries, all day break i recession of the your knowledge. i was having the mexico and yeah, exactly 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 off, i'm not there. you're in the list of all right now young. much in them all is terrible. if i for broke i feel break many,
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many vendor and the last few days. but i have a question of the pro this today, so i want to see more than that. you're in the list. 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 join us tonight. i'm just looking at each 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 lisa is anything being done to curb the problem besides spending awareness and it is. 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 up in the journal. let themselves have to pay the gas
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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, it 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 a colleague to our monitoring with g p s, right,
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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, call the voters 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 i guess i'm saying, i'm not a lot of reaction to what you're saying. and a lot of consternation from ask you is, who are in mexico saying that every day it is the same violence corruption. another thing is pointing at the government as well. i wouldn't bring a michael elective 80. he's a managing editor of mexico,
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violence resource project. talking about the 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 journalist, it tends to propagate more violent. well, i think those comments are right on 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 on the budget of less than 400000000 pieces for this year. and the mexican federal government has apparently been trying to frame that as if it were a good thing because it's the highest amount of money that the mechanism is ever had. but it's barely $20000000.00 in a country that is $52.00 times 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 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, with the people who risk evaluations. and there's not really a sort of a mechanism of accountability. so even if they're even stakes are being made that will cost lives is analisia mention, then nobody is ever recommended even for that. and i think the other thing that's
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also 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 wouldn't have 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 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. ready 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 lose 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 questions that was protest by journalists around mexico. we will keep you up to
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