Don’t Fire Journalist for Practicing Freedom of Speech


Target: Attorney General of Mexico Arely Gomez Gonzalez

Goal: Reinstate journalist who was fired for speaking out against government corruption.

A renowned broadcast journalist, Carmen Aristegui, has been fired by MVS Radio after she commented on the termination of two other reporters. The investigative reporters were fired for releasing information involving the wife of President Enrique Pena Nieto under the name of the company without getting the approval to do so. Aristegui weighed in on the termination of her colleagues and was let go shortly after.

There is an obvious violation of freedom of speech in this case as the two reporters were clearly let go because the information they leaked included evidence of government corruption and MVS Radio wanted nothing to do with this. They released a statement claiming that they were given an ultimatum by Aristegui, who claimed she would leave if the reporters were not reinstated. They ultimately decided to part ways with her.

Despite their claims that Aristegui pressured them to reinstate the two reporters, many believe their decision was made after being pressured by the government in both her case and that of the two other terminated journalists. The reporters, who were part of her team, released information claiming that the President’s wife Angelica Rivera purchased a mansion from a government city contractor. They were also investigating Finance Minister Luis Videgaray’s purchase of a home from the same contractor. After the conflict of interest accusations came the firing of the two reporters.

Sign the petition below to support efforts to protect freedom of speech in Mexico and demand justice for Carmen Aristegui.


Dear Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez,

A broadcast journalist was fired for voicing her opinion on the air regarding the firing of two reporters who did not deserve to be let go. She was fired for standing against a violation of an individual’s right to freedom of speech. She should be able to voice her opinion.

Thousands of people are supporting the claims made by Aristegui’s lawyers who say her firing was a violation of freedom of speech. This case is much more than the simple firing of a popular journalist. It also represents a much larger issue involving a journalist’s right to publish and share information that is significant to the general public. The public deserves to be informed of any sort of government corruption and it is the responsibility of journalists to make this information available to the public without consequence.

I urge you to ensure that employers are not allowed to violate an individual’s right to freedom of speech even if they are being pressured by the government.


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