Inside Mexico’s Very Own Wikileaks

9/12/2015 Huffington Post

carmen-aristeguiA new congress took office in Mexico this month after what proved to be among the country’s most violent elections, with 21 people murdered, including campaign officials and bystanders.

Hopes of stemming the corruption at the highest levels of government were once again dashedlast month when current president Enrique Peña Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera were absolved of guilt for the purchase of a mansion through Grupo Higa, a company that had won millions of dollars in bids for government contracts under the current administration.

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‘War Correspondents’ In Mexico Address Mainstream Media Shortcomings, Use Twitter To Spread Information

Twitter on phone by Flikr user stevegarfieldTechCrunch, 2/22/2013

In Mexico’s drug-war-torn cities, a small number of Twitter users affected by narco violence are acting as war correspondents to the masses, providing a public-safety alert system of sorts, according to a recent research paper from Microsoft, called “The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare.”

These “curators,” tweeting with hashtags like #mtyfollow, #reynosafolllow, #saltillo and #verfollow, produce an inordinately high number of tweets compared to other users, informing people about recent violence, clashes and other news in regions where traditional news outlets have engaged in self-imposed blackouts to avoid narco violence.

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Weekly News Summary: February 22

Coffee by Flikr user samrevelThe Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon, summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English-language press had to say…

This week, auto defensa vigilante groups in the state of Guerrero released the last of the 42 alleged criminals they had kept hostage for almost two months, avoiding a showdown with government authorities. The leader of one such group reported the first casualty since the movement began in early January. Human Rights Watch released a scathing report blaming Mexico’s police and military forces of involvement in several dozen missing person cases. The government pledged to address the issue by, among other things, collecting DNA samples from the families of the disappeared in an effort to match missing persons’ reports with thousands of unidentified corpses found in recent years. In Tamaulipas, an anonymous Facebook and Twitter campaign continued to attract thousands of followers eager to receive unofficial updates on organized crime. International observers drew attention to the lack of safety that journalists working in Mexico face.

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Safety of journalists draws international mission to Mexico

journalismWAN-IFRA, 2/18/2013

Mexican government measures to ensure greater safety of journalists, along with strategies adopted by media and journalists to continue reporting from highly dangerous parts of the country were examined last week by a delegation from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

The delegation met with a wide variety of interested actors including federal, state, and intergovernmental officials; journalists and publishers; foreign diplomats and representatives of civil society groups in Mexico City. The delegation, which visited Mexico from 10-13 February, also looked into other issues challenging independent media reporting, such as media dependence on government advertising and concentration of ownership in the broadcasting sector.

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President Calderon warns that organized crime is biggest threat to press freedoms in Mexico

The Canadian Press, 11/8/2010

President Felipe Calderon warned Monday that organized crime has become the biggest threat to press freedoms in Mexico.

Calderon said Mexico, which emerged from a system of virtual one-party rule a decade ago, has made strides against government censorship. He noted that under his government, defamation and slander have been decriminalized.

But now many newspapers are stifling their coverage for fear of drug gangs, he said.

“You can openly criticize the president or the government … In this administration, there has never been gag laws or censorship,” Calderon said at the annual meeting of the Inter American Press Association, a Miami-based organization that groups newspapers across the Western Hemisphere.

“Now the great threat to freedom of expression in our country, and other parts of the world, without a doubt, is organized crime,” Calderon added.

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