Top Mexican journalist says president’s office backed her firing

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist fired from her popular radio show after helping uncover a conflict of interest scandal that embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that she believes his office backed her dismissal.

Carmen Aristegui
Carmen Aristegui

Speaking to a packed room of reporters, Carmen Aristegui urged her former employer, MVS Radio, to reinstate her and colleagues dismissed last week after a row over their support for a platform aimed at uncovering public sector corruption.

This week, the interior ministry urged MVS and Aristegui, a prominent government critic, to resolve their differences. But when asked if she believed her dismissal had been orchestrated by Pena Nieto’s office, the 51-year-old 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.”

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