Clinic where woman died after buttock implant closed

Skift – Mexico’s medical regulatory agency has closed the operating rooms of a Baja California hospital where a young Australian woman died following cosmetic procedure on her buttocks. The agency said that the doctor who performed the procedure is under investigation for possible medical negligence. It identified him as Victor Manuel Ramirez Hernandez.

http://skift.com/2015/03/31/mexico-cracks-down-on-medical-tourism-after-patient-death/

Firing of Carmen Aristegui Highlights Rising Pressures on News Media

Supporters of fired journalist Carmen Aristegui delivering signed protests of her dismissal at the MVS radio station.(Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
Supporters of fired journalist Carmen Aristegui delivering signed protests of her dismissal at the MVS radio station.(Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

By Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times

When Carmen Aristegui, Mexico’s most famous radio personality, was abruptly fired this month, nobody expected her to go quietly. But anger over her dismissal has been rising steadily, and it has turned up the heat in this country’s charged political atmosphere.

Conspiracy theories have abounded since a dispute between Aristegui and her employer, MVS Communications, ended in her departure. She has become an emblem of press freedom under siege, and social media has lighted up with demands for her return to the airwaves.

Even her critics, who point to a lack of reportorial rigor in many of her stories, argue that her dismissal removed one of the few broadcast journalists in Mexico who openly challenge authority. Many journalists contend that Aristegui’s case is part of a broader attempt by the government to check aggressive news coverage.

“Today we have radio that is less plural than it was two weeks ago,” said Raúl Trejo, a media expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “I have been very critical. But I think her voice is very healthy for Mexican society.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/world/americas/in-mexico-firing-of-carmen-aristegui-highlights-rising-pressures-on-news-media.html?_r=0

Report finds women’s prisons ruled by mafias

Women's prisonPulso – Women’s prisons in Mexico are parallel kingdoms ruled by mafias which abuses, it extorts and even prostitutes prisoners who mostly live in overcrowded conditions, with large gaps in hygiene and nutrition, including constant violations of their rights.

So says a report released Sunday by state independent National Human Rights Commission, which analyzed the conditions in 77 of the 102 prisons in the country that are home to a total of 12,690 women.

http://pulsoslp.com.mx/2015/03/30/denuncian-a-mafias-en-las-carceles-de-mujeres/

New analysis says Mexican economy is “lethargic”

La Jornada – The national economy is “lethargic” said the Institute for Industrial Development and Economic Activity in its first analysis of official indicators of 2015. Primary sectors of mining, manufacturing and trade are “going down”, while the service sector is moving at a very slow pace.

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2015/03/28/la-economia-nacional-esta-en-letargo-asevera-el-instituto-para-el-desarrollo-industrial-4456.html

Mexico’s Central Bank stands pat at 3%, awaiting U.S. Fed move

The central bank said it is “closely watching” any change in Fed’s policy and its impact on the exchange rate.
The central bank said it is “closely watching” any change in Fed’s policy and its impact on the exchange rate.

By Juan Montes / Wall Street Journal

Mexico’s central bank stood pat on rates Thursday, as widely expected, adopting a cautious stance ahead of a potential rate increase in the U.S.

The Bank of Mexico left the overnight interest-rate target unchanged at a record low 3%. The central bank has cut rates four times in the last two years to support a sluggish economy.

But increasing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates in coming months for the first time since 2008 has led Mexico’s central bank to start considering a tightening of monetary policy to support the peso.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexicos-central-bank-stands-pat-awaiting-u-s-fed-move-1427401093