The IAPA (Inter-American Press Association) report on Mexico puts the accent on the conflict that society suffers and violence, especially journalists, as well as uncertainty about the press-power relationship before the new presidential mandate that will begin in December.
The report was presented today at the 74th meeting of the SIP held in the Argentine city of Salta, by the director of the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), Martha Ramos.
"This year has been difficult for journalists because of the growing violence, which exceeded all established records and conflicts that aroused the elections," the document says.
The report states that "the credibility of the media, already low, did not improve in the electoral process due to false news campaigns, despite attempts to counteract them through the strategy with Verificado.com, as well as dirty campaigns. between candidates through social networks. "
On the new administration led by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who will take office on December 1, the report states that the next president "has said that it will radically change the relationship with the media," as "on the one hand, He spoke of reducing the amounts of official advertising and on the other he did not express much clarity on how that relationship should be. "
"There is concern – he adds – to statements that indicate that the new administration will give support" to the media dedicated to investigative journalism "or that it will organize" an award for the best journalism ".
To this uncertainty about the press-government relationship is added, according to the IAPA report, "the economic crisis aggravated by the international price of paper and the reduction of the advertising pattern that makes the sustainability of the business model of the newspapers".
The SIP, a private non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas, is made up of editors and directors of more than 1,300 media outlets in the Americas and is based in Miami (USA). ).