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The politician's argument

Governors and public servants in Mexico should not forget democratic societies are based on the transparency of governmental activities and the integrity of public servants
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24/08/2017
09:00
Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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In Mexico, similarly to other Western democratic countries, there is a certain disillusionment with the political class...and the feeling is justified. In several nations, society is often enough just a witness of those who are elected to public positions and are suddenly “touched” by good fortune and, together with their families, they become wealthy individuals.

Before this situation, the role of the media is to inform of the facts. It is the role of the accused to come clear about their property and assets, without discrediting the messenger. Prosperity isn't being criticized, it's only being documented.

For doing its work, the Mexican press has usually been the target of threats and attacks. Official data shows that the groups behind both are the groups who don't want to be mentioned, least of all, subjected to criticism: criminal gangs and public servants.

The first act directly and their retaliation is lethal; the second resort to threats and, in recent years, to public denounces, claiming plots and campaigns are being concocted– according to them, with “dubious intentions” – but they never provide a clear and transparent answer to the questionings.

EL UNIVERSAL has documented how Mexican politicians react angrily at the slightest criticism of the press. Phrases such as “stop them,” “they write rubbish,” “lies,” “insults,” “filthy press,” “slander”, “behave!” are closer to anti-democratic thoughts than positions in favor of freedom.

Mexico, especially its governors and public servants, should not forget democratic societies are based on the transparency of governmental activities and the integrity of public servants during the compliance of their duties, in addition to freedom of speech– vital for the construction of informed and participative communities.

In this crusade for a transparent government, cut off from misconducts, civil society has played a key role. They have to question and demand strict compliance with the Law, seeking to eradicate any sign of corruption. In addition, they should demand that the institutions in charge of enforcing the Law aren't tied down by interested parties or politicians.

Public servants should provide explanations, not attempt to discredit.

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