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Reporter sacked for story about First Lady

Wed 2015-Mar-18 @ MYT 01:01:01 am

Sorry to disappoint you, this is not the First Lady you were thinking about.

Mexican Journalist Is Fired After Report About First Lady
The New York Times
MEXICO CITY — One of Mexico’s best-known journalists, who exposed a possible conflict of interest involving the first lady’s purchase of a house from a government contractor, was fired on Sunday in a dispute that defenders see as an act of retaliation and an attack on press freedom.

The journalist, Carmen Aristegui, has a long record of exposing the foibles of the elite in an often brusque, opinionated manner — as well as clashing with her bosses. She was dismissed as a host on MVS Radio, one of the country’s most popular morning news and talk radio shows.

MVS officials said she was fired after she threatened to quit if they did not reinstate two members of her investigative team. Ms. Aristegui and the two reporters first reported in November that the first lady, Angelica Rivera, was buying a house on credit from a contractor doing business with the government. She later agreed to end the deal, though the president’s office said there was no wrongdoing and no conflict of interest under Mexican law.

The two reporters were fired last week for using the station’s brand in promoting a new web initiative, Mexicoleaks, to collect tips and leaks about government and political corruption. The site, which began operating last week, has reported receiving several tips.
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