Mexico ‘not condemned to be corrupt’


Civil society should not spend so much time talking about corruption,” according to Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The president’s comments, directed against the efforts of Claudio González Jr. and his group, Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, offer a new window into how criticism is handled in Mexico, even within the most elite circles of society, The New York Times reports:

At a conference at Ibero-American University in Mexico City on Feb. 1, he criticized the president personally, telling a panel, “If there were such a thing as a hall of infamy, Peña Nieto would be in the top 10.”

A few weeks later, on Feb. 27, the tax authorities announced nine audits related to five organizations that were either founded or run by Mr. González Jr. in the last 20 years. …People close to Mr. González Jr. say that he was aghast and asked an economist to calculate the odds of even five audits randomly occurring on the same day against firms he was affiliated with. The answer he got back: 1 in 200 quadrillions, or a 0.0000000000000000000000000204 percent chance….Two reporters working for his nonprofit were also targeted with spywareaccording to an analysis by researchers at R3D, a digital rights group in Mexico, and Citizen Lab at the Munk School at the University of Toronto.

“We are under siege,” González Jr. told The New York Times. “But we will continue to denounce corruption and impunity whenever we find it, be it public or private.”

“Mexico is not condemned to be corrupt,” he added. RTWT

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