Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied on Tuesday that his administration spied on journalists or opponents after a report that the phones of at least three people investigating human rights abuses were infected with Pegasus spyware.
Digital watchdog Citizen Labsaid on Sunday it had found that phones belonging to two journalists and a human rights activist were infected with Pegasus between 2019 and 2021.
Lopez Obrador won office in 2018 after an election campaign in which he pledged to put an end to the government spying on its citizens and later said he would not use Pegasus.
Pegasus belongs to Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, which typically only sells the software to governments or law enforcement.
When asked whether he knew about the purchase of Pegasus, which can be used to remotely break into phones, Lopez Obrador said: “It’s not true that journalists or opponents are spied on.”