Fired Mexico Radio Host Suffers Legal Setback in Reinstatement Bid

April 24, 2015

Fox News Latino, 4/23/2015

carmen-aristeguiPopular Mexican radio and TV host Carmen Aristegui suffered a setback in her bid for reinstatement by MVS Radio when a court ruled that the outlet has no obligation to reach an accord with the fired investigative journalist.

The Federal Judiciary Council, or CJF, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary, said in a statement that the Mexico City court on Wednesday unanimously overturned a judge’s April 13 ruling that required MVS to sit down with Aristegui and reach an agreement on their contractual differences.

That meeting was to have taken place on Friday in the presence of mediator Jose Woldenberg, but the new ruling cancels that scheduled sit-down.

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Mexico Says to Investigate Reports of Police Killings

April 21, 2015

Reuters, 4/20/2015

gun - crime sceneMexico’s government said on Monday it would investigate reports that federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two attacks in January, the latest allegations to raise the specter of abuses by Mexican security forces.

The weekend reports in three media outlets on the Jan. 6 killings in the troubled western state of Michoacan contrasted with an account by the federal government that several of the deaths could have been caused by stray bullets in a gunfight.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said he had asked the attorney general’s office and the internal affairs department of the federal police to probe the killings in the city of Apatzingan, a flashpoint for violence in the state.

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Media reports say Mexican police were involved in January killings

April 21, 2015

Reuters, 4/19/2015

gun - crime sceneThree media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January, appearing to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

Aristegui Noticias, Univision and Proceso published similar accounts of the deaths in Apatzingan in the restive western state of Michoacan. They were the latest reports to allege abuses by security forces in the country.

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Mexico Falls Short of Backing Venezuela Against US Sanctions

April 7, 2015

TeleSUR English, 4/6/2015

413px-Felipe_Calderon_sin_fondo_iMexico fell short of backing Venezuela against the recent U.S. aggressions and sanctions toward its government, saying while it respects the sovereignty of every nation, there should be a dialogue between the parties involved.

“Mexico will continue to insist that the government of Venezuela and the different opposition groups in that country establish a dialogue,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry told La Jornada.

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In Mexico, Firing of Carmen Aristegui Highlights Rising Pressures on News Media

March 31, 2015

By Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times, 3/27/2015

newspapers thumbnailMEXICO CITY — When Carmen Aristegui, Mexico’s most famous radio personality, was abruptly fired this month, nobody expected her to go quietly. But anger over her dismissal has been rising steadily, and it has turned up the heat in this country’s charged political atmosphere.

Conspiracy theories have abounded since a dispute between Ms. Aristegui and her employer, MVS Communications, ended in her departure. She has become an emblem of press freedom under siege, and social media has lighted up with demands for her return to the airwaves.

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Attacks on Press Rose Under Mexican President Peña Nieto: Report

March 25, 2015

Latin Dispatch, 3/25/2015

censorshipAttacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s predecessor Felipe Calderón. Six journalists were murdered in 2014.

Nearly half of those threats, according to the report, came from government officials.

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City in Mexico Bans Narco Songs

March 24, 2015

By Arron Daugherty, InSight Crime, 3/16/2015

musical noteA ban on music inspired by drug trafficking and organized crime bosses underscores the illicit trade’s impact on modern Mexican culture.

The city council in the capital of Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state has implemented a ban on performing and distributing a genre of music known as “narcocorridos” within city limits,reported Excelsior.

Violators are subject to fines of around $20,000 dollars and up to 36 hours in jail. Chihuahua state’s legislature approved a statewide ban on narcocorridos in 2011, but it was never implemented by municipalities. The capital’s city council has decided to put the ban into action and stiffen the penalties as they believe narcocorridos promote crime and violence while apologizing for and glorifying organized crime figures, according to Excelsior.

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