President Pena Nieto’s relationship with Televisa deepens

Gomez happens to be the sister of the vice-president of news at Televisa.
Gomez happens to be the sister of the vice-president of news at Televisa.

TeleSur

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto named Arely Gomez as his choice for attorney general Friday, in a move that raised eyebrows due to Gomez’s connection with media giant Televisa.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gomez would replace Jesus Murillo Karam, who stepped down after facing months of criticism over his handling of the case of the 43 forcibly disappeared students.

Gomez happens to be the sister of the vice-president of news at Televisa.

The links between Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, and Enrique Peña Nieto are well established. Documents unearth by British newspaper The Guardian backed claims that Televisa provided favorable coverage for Peña Nieto in the lead up to presidential elections for a fee. In that case, however, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Court cleared Televisa of any wrongdoing.

Nonetheless, Televisa was the target of protests due to what was widely perceived as biased coverage.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexican-Presidents-Relationship-With-TV-Station-Deepens-20150227-0021.html

Mexico president in crisis is losing support of big business

 

Business leaders are angered over reforms that have increased the tax burden without sparking economic growth; scandals over apparent favoritism; and acts of lawlessness that are hurting commerce. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Business leaders are angered over reforms that have increased the tax burden without sparking economic growth; scandals over apparent favoritism; and acts of lawlessness that are hurting commerce. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

By Katherine Corcoran and E. Eduardo Castillo / Associated Press

The full-page ad in Mexico’s national newspapers was unusual, if not unprecedented: 20 powerful business groups and think tanks publicly scolding the government for not doing its job.

They demanded “conditions necessary to do their work … in total security, in all of the country.” The ad, published last month, urged government officials to “honor your oath to observe and enforce the constitution.”

The public criticism by Mexico’s business community underlines the eroding support for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration as he enters the third year of a six-year term.

Business leaders are angry over reforms that have increased the tax burden without sparking economic growth, scandals over apparent favoritism and acts of lawlessness that are hurting commerce.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-president-crisis-losing-support-big-business-29235958

Deputies pass constitutional reforms to combat corruption

Dow Jones – The House of Representatives approved a series of constitutional amendments aimed at cracking down on corruption, a response to recent scandals inexplicable wealth and alleged conflicts of interest by public servants at the highest levels of the current administration.

The reforms, which are widely expected to be approved by the Senate in the coming days, give greater powers to independent federal office audit may pursue administrative offenses.

http://www.sentidocomun.com.mx/articulo.phtml?id=18002

Mexico Euro bonds snatched up quickly

WSJ – The Mexican government sold €2.5 billion in nine-year and 30-year bonds Thursday, securing record low yields for the maturities and completing most of its international capital markets financing needs for 2015. Demand for the bonds was 3.5 times the amount sold, with around 400 investors placing more than 600 orders.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-sells-2-50-billion-in-euro-bonds-due-2024-and-2045-1424981925

Most wanted Knights Templar drug lord captured

Reuters – Mexico has captured the country’s most wanted outstanding drug Lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel. Gomez was the prime target of Pena Nieto’s drive to regain control of Michoacan, a violent western state wracked by clashes between the Knights Templar and heavily-armed vigilantes trying to oust them.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/27/mexico-drugs-idUSL1N0W10N620150227

X-Fighters set for spectacular opener in Mexico City

Red Bull – Every year it seems like the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour has pushed the envelope to the limit and has progressed freestyle motocross as far as it can go, and every year we’re proved wrong.The season’s first action comes from Mexico City’s Monumental Plaza de Toros on March 7.

http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsports/offroad/stories/1331708263343/preview-video-red-bull-x-fighters-2015-mexico-city

Donald Trump is insulting Mexico – nonstop

Latin Times – For those who didn’t think Donald Trump’s comments about a Mexican winning big at the Oscars, worry not. There’s so much more. The reality TV show host stood firm on his ideas about Mexico “taking all the gold… as usual” and went on to insult the entire country with a series of tweets saying “don’t do business with Mexico.”

http://www.latintimes.com/pulse/donald-trump-insulting-mexico-non-stop-has-he-lost-his-hairpiece-er-mind-299122

Murders, threats and duopoly – the state of the media in Mexico

Memorial for journalistsThe Guardian – In vast zones of Mexico, especially on the United States border and in areas where drug trafficking prevails, journalists at all levels have been threatened or attacked. Victims include some of the most nationally well-known commentators but more frequently are reporters writing for regional and local media, online and on social media.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/feb/25/press-freedom-mexico-murder-threat-duopoly