Carmen Aristegui Flores
Mexican journalist, news presenter and columnist in national and international media. Her journalism is characterized by publishing investigations that are uncomfortable for the federal government and its allies.
Among the most known investigations where she participated leading a group of reporters and editors is the case with the White House of Peña Nieto, known in Spanish as “La Casa Blanca de Enrique Peña Nieto”. The case is about a mansion worth millions that the President's family purchased from a businessman favored by the President and its allies; the house was bought with millions of pesos in governmental contracts. Her team also discovered the prostitution network allegedly run by the former president of the political party PRI in Mexico City. Then follows the case with the intent for imprisonment and torture of the journalist Lydia Cacho by the Governor of the State of Puebla: the journalist discovered a network of pedophilia around this politician and his allies.
Her publications have cost her several jobs in different radio programmes in the companies W Radio and MVS Noticias, and obliged her to establish her own media. Besides that, she has also been sued several times, such as the one from the owner of MVS Noticias, Joaquín Vargas, for publishing in the book “La Casa Blanca de Enrique Peña Nieto” that her going off-air was due to a censorship act fostered by the President himself. In February 2019 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation issued a ruling in favor of Aristegui and her work team, which protects their right to freedom of expression and also confirms that their dismissal from MVS was illegal. This decision also forces a federal court to issue a new resolution in the case.
In June 2017, The Mexican NGO Red por los Derechos Digitales (in English: Network for the defence of the human rights in the digital setting), in alliance with The New York Times, published an article in which they accused the Mexican government of using counterterrorism software to spy on journalists and human rights activist that were troublesome for the government. Among the people whose phones were tapped was the journalist Carmen Aristegui and her underage son, Emilio Aristegui. This action was publicly condemned as an act threat and violation of the freedom of expression.
For her work as journalist, Carmen Aristegui has received several recognitions, among them "Premio Knight de Periodismo Internacional" from the International Journalists Center; "Premio Iberoamericano Casa América Catalunya a la Libertad de Expresión" and "Premio Ondas Iberoamericano de Radio" for the best professional on radio.
In October 2018 Aristegui returned to the microphones, after creating an alliance with Grupo Radio Centro to broadcast a new information space from 7 to 11 in the morning. The program is produced from Mexico City and is broadcast in other cities of the country.
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Carmen Aristegui - Besides as a journalist, she has also worked as a citizens' counselor (1997) at the Federal Electoral Institute. She runs the TV program Aristegui, broadcasted through CNN, and she is a columnist in the newspaper Reforma, owned by Grupo Reforma. Since October 2018 she broadcasts an information space on Radio Centro, which she previously made live on video only for her website Aristegui Noticias.
Carmen Aristegui does not appear as owner on the web page AristeguiNoticias.com.
Accroding to her network of collaborators, she does not publicly display this type of information becasue of security concerns, since she is one of the most critical journalists towards the Mexican government.