Mexican journalist, Carmen Aristegui, was suddenly relieved of her duties last week after revealing a conflict of interest involving Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
During a press conference, Aristegui said she was certain that her firing was backed by the presidential office and urged her employer, MVS Radio, to reinstate both her and her colleagues.
When asked about her dismissal being back by the presidential office, she said, “It looks that way because I can’t imagine something of this magnitude without at least some kind of consent from the highest presidential power.”
Last year, Aristegui and her team helped investigate a public scandal that revealed Peña Nieto and his wife purchased homes owned by a government contractor. The revelation sparked a series of additional findings that ended with a red-faced government.
President Peña Nieto remains adamant that he acted properly and broke no laws.
The interior ministry is urging MVS Radio and Aristegui, a known government critic, to resolve their differences.
Shortly after the press release, Felip Chao, an MVS Radio spokesman, told reporters that Aristegui would not be reinstated.
“Our relationship has ended. We wish you well,” he said, referring to Aristegui.
MVS Radio fired two members of her team last week, using the grounds they backed a new online news platform, MexicoLeaks, in the name of the company without authorization.
After Aristegui demanded the two journalists be reinstated, she herself was also dismissed from the station.
Critics of Peña Nieto saw Aristegui’s dismissal as evidence that the president is hushing dissenting voices in a country where politicians enjoy a favorable amount of impunity. Rarely are they subject to any level of serious scrutiny from mainstream media.
“We want to return to broadcasting so that we can continue producing journalism and continue providing a service to Mexican society,” Aristegui said.