Journalism and Security in Mexico

September 3, 2014

09/03/14 by Diana Villiers Negroponte,   Freedom House Trustee and a member of the Board of Advisers at the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In late August, siJournalists%20-%20Mexico-276x183x Mexican journalists and a few colleagues from Freedom House gathered around the table at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Torreón, State of Coahuila, to discuss their freedoms to write and express their opinions. Since 2008, these rights had been seriously limited. The infiltration of organized crime in security and justice institutions, mostly at the local level; the militarization of public security; and the virtual collapse of the justice system are largely to blame for this. Mexico is now one of the world’s most dangerous and complicated places to practice journalism.

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Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

September 3, 2014

Save the date: Border Legislative ConferenceTexas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum. September 12, 2014 in El Paso, Texas.

The Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum is being organized by the Border Legislative Conference, a binational mechanism of cooperation among legislators of the 10 U.S. – Mexico border states, along with the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke and with the support of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

In it, we will have the opportunity to discuss the main issues and challenges, about the Mexico-U.S. Border. Among the attendees there will be U.S. Congressmen as  Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Bill Owens, and Steve Pearce. Additionaly, there will be public servants from both sides of the border such as Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso; Enrique Serrano, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez, among many others.

Please join us in this engaging discussion, RSVP here:



Border Patrol sued in fatal shooting of man in Mexico

August 28, 2014

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

border patrolThe family of a Mexican man who was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents two years ago has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the agency sanctioned an unbridled use of deadly force in response to rock throwing.

The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Laredo, Texas, is the latest to argue that constitutional civil rights protections against excessive force should apply to noncitizens who are in Mexico.

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Our reform programme will build a better future for Mexico – President Peña Nieto

August 21, 2014

08/20/14 Financial Times. By Enrique Peña Nieto 

Enrique Pena NietoMexico’s reform agenda is now complete. Eleven structural reforms were passed by congress over the past 20 months.

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Christie Plans a Working Trip to Mexico

August 8, 2014

08/08/14 The Wall Street Journal

shutterstock_182486318Chris Christie will travel to Mexico in September, his second international trip as New Jersey’s governor, as the Republican eyes a 2016 presidential run.

In an announcement Thursday, the administration billed the three-day trip from Sept. 3 to 5 as a trade mission to promote “economic growth and job creation between New Jersey and Mexico.”

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Headlines from Mexico

August 4, 2014

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1. Deputies approve energy reform, including an anti-crisis plan. This weekend, in the Chamber of Deputies, the secondary legislation of the energy reform was passed. This Monday, the proposed changes will be discussed again in the Senate to make the necessary changes and then will be sent to the President of the Republic for publication and enactment. The main change that the Deputies proposed was the creation of an anti-crisis plan in case Mexico enters into an economic crisis. This would allow the Federal Government to use resources derived from the sale of crude oil that so far have been accumulated in funds administered by the Ministry of Finance.

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2. Son of former Governor of Michoacan goes to Santiaguito prison. Last night, Rodrigo Vallejo Mora, son of the former governor of Michoacan Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, joined the Centre for Prevention and Social Readaptation of Santiaguito, in the State of Mexico, suspected of covering up his conversation with Servando Gómez Martínez, La Tuta, leader of the criminal group identified as the Knights Templar. The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) reported that after spending 48 hours at the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), Vallejo Mora refused to testify about the video footage in which he is seen talking to the cartel’s leader. His case is allocated to a district court where his legal situation will be resolved.

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3. According to the Ministry of Public Education and the National Institute for Educational Evaluation, 60% of potential teachers in the public system are ‘unfit’ to teach. Only 3.5% of the teachers achieved the highest level in the three performance exams that were applied in past days. Despite the result, there are still unresolved issues regarding the approval criteria and the score needed to compete for a teaching spot in the public system.

Read more from La Jornada, and El Norte…

4. The number of migrants secured by the National Migration Institute increased significantly in recent years while its budget has hardly improved. During the past two years, the number of detained migrants increased over 30% and in the case of unaccompanied minors the increase surpassed 130%, while its budget only increased 6.4%. Several analysts have pointed out that it is important to give greater financial resources to the Institute because today most of the annual budget is used to cover administrative costs and not allocated to other investments needed to efficiently perform necessary tasks in the sector.

Read more from El Universal…

5. Mexican Senate creates commission to follow-up migrant children crisis. Five members will report the situation of unaccompanied children on their journey to America. The approval of its creation will be voted on at its meeting on special session on Monday. The Political Coordination Board (Jucopo by its acronym in Spanish) requires continuity in the work done on behalf of migrant children and adolescents through Mexico into the United States.

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Mexico weighs taking on Pemex pension liabilities

July 30, 2014
07/30/14 Financial Times
piggy bank with coinsMexico is poised to increase its public debt at a time of sluggish economic growth, as the government considers taking some of Pemex’s giant pensions liabilities on to its own balance sheet.

The move comes amid a sweeping reform of the energy and power sectors that will see the state oil company as well as utility CFE transform into “state productive enterprises” by the end of next year, competing with private investment.

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