Aristegui Noticias is a team of intrepid reporters whose investigations have exposed corruption and malfeasance by the powerful in Mexico. Led by Carmen Aristegui, one of Mexico’s most renowned journalists, the team reports on possible crimes and conflicts of interest among government figures and elites in an environment known as one of the deadliest in the world for journalists.
The team uncovered a major conflict of interest involving the Mexican first lady’s purchase of a $7 million home on credit from a government contractor. The “Casa Blanca” investigation exposed a powerful network of public officials and contractors doing business through favoritism. Without admitting wrongdoing, the government canceled a lucrative high-speed rail construction contract with the company.
Aristegui Noticias has targeted pedophilia in the priesthood and a prostitution network operating in an office of the ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The group participated in the groundbreaking Panama Papers investigation, reporting on many Mexican figures with massive holdings in overseas tax havens, including the builder of the “Casa Blanca” (Mexico’s White House). Tax authorities in Mexico have opened an investigation into the 30 Mexicans mentioned.
After the Casa Blanca story was published, Aristegui and two of her team members were fired from MVS Radio, where she hosted a popular daily news talk show. The station said they were fired for using its logo without permission, but many believe the dismissals were aimed at silencing the team’s hard-hitting reports. Before her dismissal in March 2015 at MVS radio, Aristegui introduced investigative reporting and led a team of 17 reporters. She gained a reputation for being a fearless voice for transparency and against corruption.
The other team members are Daniel Lizárraga, Rafael Cabrera, Sebastián Barragán and Irving Huerta.
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