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Mexico & Nafta - February 2019

The numbers battle: López Obrador, homicides and the role of the press

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office as Mexico’s president on 1 December 2018, he promised a reduction in homicides and overall improvements in the security situation in the country in the first 100 days of his presidency. On one of his morning briefings to the press, López Obrador explained that the number of daily homicides had already decreased from an average of 80 while Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) was in office to approximately 64 or 66 in the first days of January 2019. These numbers and the claim that homicides started decreasing as soon as the new president took office are widely contested by the political opposition and the media. The president’s response to the press’s criticism has raised concern among organisation defending the freedom of the press.

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