Suing Journalists in Mexico

09/12/16 The New York Times

4812475037_92affe984e_o.jpgThis summer, responding to public outrage over a spate of government corruption scandals, Mexican lawmakers passed a strong anticorruption law that requires public officials to be more transparent about their finances. Whether that will help end Mexico’s culture of cronyism and graft will depend largely on journalists being able to investigate and report about the ruling class.

A recent flurry of specious lawsuits filed against journalists — and a troubling court decision in May that lifted monetary caps on libel damages — are having a chilling effect on investigative reporting and criticism.

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