Mexican top reporter Aristegui fired after alleged government pressure

One of Mexico’s best-known journalists, who exposed a possible conflict of interest involving the first lady’s purchase of a house from a government contractor, was fired early this year in a dispute that defenders see as an act of retaliation and an attack on press freedom, the New York Time reported.

The journalist, Carmen Aristegui, who has a long record on investigative reporting, was dismissed from MVS Radio, where she hosted one of the most popular morning news and talk radio shows of the country

Officials at the station said she was fired after she threatened to quit if they did not reinstate two members of her investigative team. They were in March 2015 for using the station’s brand in promoting a new web initiative, Mexicoleaks, to collect leaks about government and political corruption.

Many press freedom defenders and Mexican social media users, journalists and intellectuals have defended Aristegui and believe that the government pressured MVS to find a way to get rid of her.

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