Mexican journalists now face lawsuits, too

NYT – This summer, responding to public outrage over a spate of government corruption scandals, Mexican lawmakers passed a strong anticorruption law that requires public officials to be more transparent about their finances. Whether that will help end Mexico’s culture of cronyism and graft will depend largely on journalists being able to investigate and report about the ruling class.

A recent flurry of specious lawsuits filed against journalists — and a troubling court decision in May that lifted monetary caps on libel damages — are having a chilling effect on investigative reporting and criticism. Of all the challenges that have historically stymied the Mexican press, including violence and a habit of self-censorship to appease advertisers, the unjustified legal exposure journalists now face is a relatively easy one to solve.

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