In order to combat job insecurity and support freelance journalists, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that his administration is considering allocating part of the budget to official advertisements so they can be registered with the services of the Mexican Social Security Institute. IMSS).
In a press conference from the National Palace, the Federal President indicated that this proposal aims to support reporters who practice journalism independently or by their own means and who do not have access to Social Security.
“We are looking at how we can ensure social security for journalists by allocating a portion of the advertising budget that the government has, and it’s not much anymore, it’s not what it was before, but here it can be enough to pay an amount which is a kind of premium, which is Some kind of quota and social security guarantee for journalists who don’t have it.”
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“In most of the media they have security, there is social security, and they at least have insurance, and this is because there are many independent journalists, let’s say, they are their bosses, they live on the latest developments and they do not do that security.. society.”
During the first quarter of the year, with eight journalists killed, the Tabasco government came under widespread criticism for the high level of violence against journalists.
This attitude even led to condemnations from the European Parliament and the US government, which demanded that President Lopez Obrador take responsibility for these events and quickly investigate the causes that led to the killing of the journalists.
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