During the opening of the citizen and media congress: Joint Action, the national President of the Integral Development of the Family(DIF), Margarita Zavala, asked citizens to overcome fear, have confidence, and promote participation to face insecurity. The wife of President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa also stated that fear only fuels impunity and it does not let authorities exercise their capacity.
At the congress, Margarita Zavala and Marcos Fastlicht presented the portal for anonymous citizen complaints: notedejes.mx. The First Lady gave the initial click to the webpage that seeks to encourage public participation in combating crime. Other figures made comments on the need for greater public participation in the fight against orgnaized crime.
The U.S. ambassador in Mexico, Carlos Enrique Pascual, also participated stating that the Mexicans should not “isolate” or “leave alone” the Army in combating organized crime. Further he added, “They are not trained to take the role they play now, they would not take it, they are doing it out of necessity,” he said.
Marcos Fastlicht, president of the National Association of Boards of Civic Participation, said that the federal government measures to attack organized crime are insufficient. He considered it necessary to increase efforts to ensure that law enforcement conclusively confront organized crime, drug cartels, kidnappers, and violence.
Also contributing, the CEO and the Board of Directors of El Universal, Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz, believes the communication media should proceed with a high sense of responsibility before the complex environment of Mexico’s security matters. He stated that it is very harmful to journalistic sensationalism, which distorts and magnifies violence, like the concealment of information.