MexicoLeaks launches seeking information on corruption

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A group of Mexican media outlets and civil society groups have launched MexicoLeaks, a digital platform to receive information leaks that could lead to corruption investigations.

Representatives of the effort said…that those wanting to leak information can do so anonymously. Information and tips will be investigated and confirmed before anything is published.

The effort includes two civil society organizations and six media outlets, including Mexico’s weekly magazine Proceso, the website Animal Politico and the investigative unit of journalist Carmen Aristegui.

The launch comes at a time when the Mexican government faces scandals of alleged corruption and conflict of interest, specifically in the purchase of real estate, that have come to light through journalistic investigations. Those involved have maintained that the transactions were legal.

“Overdue” is putting it mildly.

23 thoughts on “MexicoLeaks launches seeking information on corruption

  1. Bystander says:

    “Corruption is endemic at all levels of Mexican society and government. The Government of Mexico should combat corruption,” according to the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in its 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR). Includes link to the INCSR 2015 Volume II, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, which also reports that “A survey published in September by Mexico’s statistics agency (INEGI) found that 94 percent of total crimes and 99 percent of kidnappings went either unreported or uninvestigated in 2013.” See also “Economic impact of violence in Mexico is US$233 billion” in sidebar

  2. Grito Dolores says:

    “MexicoLeaks — the latest way Mexicans are saying “basta ya” to corruption”
    “No newspaper dares to publish the truth about the drug lords in Tamaulipas. Those who break the silence on Twitter and Facebook are marked for death.”
    “Bodies pile up as Mexican drug cartels kill and dismember journalists : Drug syndicates in Mexico shoot, stab, hang reporters and photographers who are brave enough to tell the truth about brutal cartels that control entire territories”

  3. p/s says:

    “Mexico’s Journalists Grab a Tech Shield as their Fight Against the Establishment Escalates” “MéxicoLeaks won’t solve direct attacks on journalists, but it could be critical to help sources and citizen activists protect themselves. (The tech behind it is similar to SecureDrop, which The Intercept uses {link} .)
    … Irving Huerta, a 27-year-old investigative journalist with Aristegui’s unit sees the overwhelming public response in support of him and his colleagues on Aristegui’s program as a sign of the need “not just to safeguard this news program that we had, but to protect the whole profession of journalism.”
    “Because there’s an attempt to turn back to the authoritarian practices of years past,” he said, “which we can’t permit in a democratic society.”
    See also link to report that Citizens in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz have been jailed on terrorism charges for tweeting about reported gang attacks.

  4. Meanwhile says:

    “In a move widely criticized by supporters, some of the parents of the 43 forcibly disappeared students accepted an offer of help Tuesday from a Mexican drug cartel known as Los Rojos. In February, the leader of the cartel, Santiago Mazari Hernandez, had banners hung throughout the southern Mexican state of Morelos that claimed Los Rojos had nothing to do with the disappearance of the students and implied the cartel head had information about the case. “I am willing to talk to each one of the students’ parents who have been affected, to remove the blindfold from their eyes, so they can know the truth, that the government is truly to blame for all the injustices in the states of Guerrero and Morelos,” read the banner. Hernandez suggested that his adversary, Federico Figueroa of the Guerros Unidos cartel, was to blame.” Re: ‘narco-banners’ see also

  5. Memory hole says:

    MEXICO CITY: Free-speech advocates are challenging a ruling against Google Mexico that they say would allow politicians and business moguls to abuse the so-called right to be forgotten by wiping out Internet links that cast them in a negative light.
    The Google Inc. unit and local digital-rights activists are fighting in court to overturn a recent ruling by Mexico’s Federal Institute for the Access to Information, or IFAI. In late January, the institute came down on the side of a transportation scion who wants three links removed that contain negative comments about his family’s business dealings—including a government bailout of bad loans.

    • Meanwhile says:

      “Electoral Campaigns End in Mexico Amid Violence and Deaths” The electoral campaigns ahead of Sunday’s midterm voting came to a close Wednesday night amid violence affecting at least seven states and the deaths of at least 21 people directly related to elections, including at least 10 candidates, various news outlets reported. The head of the National Electoral Institute (INE) Lorenzo Cordova attempted to appease voters and announced that alternate polling stations would be put in place in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, where protesters are fiercely opposed to the celebration of elections, and have demonstrated their rejection by raiding electoral offices and burning ballots and other voting materials. Violence continued to be reported in many states, but especially in Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. These also happen to be the states with greater levels of poverty, while Guerrero is the most violent state in the country along with Sinaloa. These two states are also the most affected by organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption.”

  6. Burqueño says:

    “Mexico would be an economic superstar without corruption” “Mexico is losing billions of dollars to corruption that could instead be pumping the country’s slowing economy.
    Corruption could be costing Mexico some $890 billion pesos a year ($53 billion), or 5% of the country’s GDP, according to calculations by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO in Spanish.) The think tank, which released a report dubbed “Corruption in Mexico: We Cheat and We Don’t Advance” on Nov. 9 {see link}, said that amount would cover three times the budget of Mexico’s department of education and nearly eight times the spending by Mexico’s poverty-fighting agency.
    Ary Naim, Mexico manager for the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, puts the scale of corruption at 9% of GDP, based on estimates compiled in another report on the topic (link in Spanish).

  7. Update says:

    A video released Wednesday showed up to five people breaking into the newsroom of Aristegui Noticias in Mexico City Nov. 13, stealing a laptop from the unit of special investigation — the journal founded by Carmen Aristegui, one of Mexico’s most well-known journalist and whistleblower. The laptop held crucial information about the current investigations carried out by reporters, added the journal without further detail. Aristegui was fired in March after the launch of MexicoLeaks, a website created by independent media organizations in order to share information to denounce and investigate official corruption. She is one of the founders of the site. According to a report released Tuesday by Article 19, an international organization that fights for freedom of expression and defends journalists against attacks, almost every day a press representative is attacked in Mexico. The NGO said that in the last four years there have been 656 assaults on journalist, 10 murders and four disappearances.

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