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The feisty, staccato voice of Carmen Aristegui, a radio anchorwoman with almost cult status, especially among left-leaning listeners, has gone off the airwaves after a public row with her employer, MVS Radio. Even MVS Radio sounds remorseful. Behind this falling out are problems that systematically undermine journalism in Mexico, where the media have long been dominated by political power. Many outlets, including MVS Radio, rely on the government for advertising and other perks.
The biggest television networks, Televisa and TV Azteca, are a pliant duopoly. Ms Aristegui, though an MVS Radio employee, cast herself as the antithesis of that system, picking fights—often backed by impressive research—with the most powerful.
Last year one of her reporters revealed an alleged prostitution ring set up by the head of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI in Mexico City. Such stories, plus opinions delivered so passionately that she often talked through commercial breaks, have won her fans. Her indignation is selective. Now MVS Radio has made her a martyr for press freedom. It insists that Ms Aristegui lost her job because she twice broke company rules. Saying it does not accept ultimatums, MVS Radio sacked her instead.
Few believe that is the whole story. The timing raises the suspicion that the government—which is struggling to regain popularity less than three months before mid-term elections—has put pressure on MVS Radio. MVS Radio emphatically denies any link. The government says it hopes both sides will resolve their differences. But no Mexican government has resisted the temptation to use advertising and other forms of leverage over the press, whatever the toll on freedom of expression.
If Ms Aristegui wants to avoid that, she may have to become a media baron herself. This article appeared in the The Americas section of the print edition under the headline "Radio silenced". Reuse this content The Trust Project. Bello Why a president from the s offers lessons for Colombia today. The best of our journalism, handpicked each day Sign up to our free daily newsletter, The Economist today Sign up now.
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