The Inter-American Press Association (SIP) issued a statement regarding the controversy involving the newspaper El Universal, in Mexico, with a former presidential candidate from the Latin American country.
“The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) trusts that the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico will continue to hold previous sentences that shield the right of reply under the principles of freedom of the press and respect for independence and editorial criteria assumed by the media communication, “said the IAPA at the beginning of the statement.
“Currently, Aguilar Morales is the minister in charge of drafting the ruling on the right to reply against EL UNIVERSAL that involves a former presidential candidate, Ricardo Anaya. In 2018, the Mexican newspaper published reports regarding Anaya’s bulky heritage. The Mexican politician and the newspaper then began a legal process around the right of reply. After exhausting several instances, the case reached the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, “said the entity.
The IAPA notes that “last week El Universal requested the Supreme Court that Minister Aguilar Morales be dismissed from the case after he presented a draft sentence against the newspaper for the third time,” in an act that, according to the statement, Attentive to the right to reply in Mexico.
“Last April, El Universal published a report based on a report by the Federal Judicial Council (CJF) that revealed that during the administration of Aguilar Morales as president of the Court, works were authorized that put the CJF at risk of legal action for expenses. not recoverable, and according to the Council’s own analysis, the agency does not have the resources to continue with the public works commitments acquired during the presidency of Minister Morales, in which there was a sub-exercise of almost 5.5 billion pesos in its budget “explained the statement.
IAPA trusts that the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico will continue to hold previous sentences that shield the right of reply under the principles of freedom of the press and respect for independence
According to the entity, the minister has returned to present a draft sentence whose content concerns then “attempts against the media that reveal information that politicians do not want to make public”.
Roberto Rock, president of the IAPA Press Freedom and Information Commission, said the Mexican newspaper’s argument “is well founded.”
Christopher Barnes, president of the IAPA, expressed his confidence that “the Supreme Court will know how to balance the right of reply with the right to freedom of the press and due respect for the editorial criteria of the media.” “Even when publishing a response to a story, which is the right of the victim, the media must adhere to the principles and journalistic ethics, but they can edit the subject.”
“The media must always find the right balance to allow both sides of the story without compromising ethics or integrity,” Barnes said.
The two agreed that the right to reply has limits even though it is a mechanism that assists every person who feels offended by a publication.
The two agreed that the right to reply has limits despite the fact that “it is a mechanism that assists every person who feels offended by a publication”.
“The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.” , the statement concluded.
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