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Carmen Aristegui returns

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Bowing to public pressure, the Mexican radio station that unceremoniously dumped celebrity broadcaster Carmen Aristegui a few days ago has agreed to put her back on the air. In a statement, MVS radio said its reinstatement of Aristegui "responds in a public and transparent way to the requirements of a relevant portion of listeners and citizens" (link in Spanish).

She is scheduled to return on Monday.

MVS fired Aristegui following comments she made on her daily radio program concerning speculation that President Felipe Calderon had a drinking problem. Defending her right to raise such uncomfortable questions, Aristegui told a media gathering last week that her bosses, under government pressure, demanded she read an apology. When she refused, she was fired. (The government denied it had interfered in the matter.)

As one of Mexico's best-known journalists, the incident stirred a firestorm (link in Spanish) among supporters and detractors, and her dismissal was widely condemned by media watchdog groups.

-- Tracy Wilkinson in Mexico City

Photo: Carmen Aristegui. Credit: Cuartoscuro

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Bravo!!! Carmen Aristegui is an excellent journalist. You can also watch her on CNN en EspaƱol.

Egipto may just end up having more "freepress" tha the US. NOE that the comgressionalk debates began ALL corporate media keep repeating the the problem of the US budget are entitlements? y of course they culprit is social security,medicare,the poor,the workers etc.etc. NO media outlet mentions the billions spent on subsidizing the superRICH. that is the reason for the deficits.If the republican/tea party agenda prevails the US is finished. The lesson of the great depression on the 30s taught us that excessive concetrations of wealth in a few hands is a formula for disaster, NOW wealthnin the US is even more concentrated on the superwealthy. In the 40s-70s wealth was more equally spread and the US experienced the highest OUTBURST of economic growth,creativity(music,media,arts,the US became the car nation,fastfood,marvel comics,highest number of Nobel Prizes,olympic medals,patents,drivethrough services,universal college education,atomic energy,tecnological innovation,this process culminated in the exploration of space the US put a man in the moon. The republicans and the irrational,fanatical Tea party WILL destroy thjis country.


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