Carmen Aristegui, a Mexican reporter who was recently fired after commenting on rumors that President Felipe Calderón is an alcoholic, claimed the Mexican government was behind her firing, the Knight Center reported. As the BBC reported, Calderón has “denied any involvement” in the firing.
“It is only imaginable in dictatorships…to be punished for opining or questioning rulers,” Aristegui reportedly said.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas noted that Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists both spoke out against Aristegui’s firing.
However, Aristegui was rehired by her former radio station and will be back on air Feb. 21, “two weeks after she was fired,” according to the BBC.
See iMediaEthics’ early February report about Aristegui’s firing here.