NMSU to host talk on protecting journalists
Patrick Timmons will give a presentation entitled “Protecting At-Risk Journalists: The International Human Rights System and Its Partial Responses to the Murder of Mexican Journalists” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. (Courtesy photo)
New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk on protecting journalists featuring Patrick Timmons at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.
An expert in human rights law in Latin American, Timmons will give a presentation entitled “Protecting At-Risk Journalists: The International Human Rights System and Its Partial Responses to the Murder of Mexican Journalists.”
The talk will examine the case law in the international and regional human rights systems to discuss why at-risk journalists deserve special protection, and how that special protection can make a difference for human rights practitioners who are investigating journalists’ murders in Mexico. As a current resident of Mexico City, Timmons will discuss interviews he has conducted with Mexican journalists to document violence based on freedom of the press.
“Patrick Timmons has participated in the Frontera List for Mexico and Border News and contributes news on human rights issues in Mexico,” said Molly Molloy, library professor. “He is an expert in international humanitarian law and has written extensively about attacks and threats to journalists in the context of the Mexican “war on drugs.” This is a topic that is of great interest and concern to us here in the border region. He also created a website to translate and publish important news articles by Spanish, Mexican and other Latin American journalists in English.”
A primary value within the international human rights system is freedom of expression. The Inter-American System of Human Rights is proud of its staunch defense of freedom of expression. Its judicial agency, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, has yet to consider a case, which links the violation of the right to life to the violation of freedom of expression despite nearly 100 murders of Mexican journalists since 1992.