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Columnist accuses interior governance secretary of censoring him

(CEPET/IFEX) - Columnist Eduardo López Betancourt has said that the Radio Centro group, one of the most important radio station networks in Mexico, has censored him based on "instructions from the interior governance secretary, Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo."

López Betancourt is a columnist of the "Milenio" newspaper and has collaborated with a number of national media outlets. He worked for 15 years for the Radio Centre group, most recently as a political analyst on the "¿Y usted qué opina?" ("And you, what is your opinion?") programme broadcast by La 69 radio station.

The journalist told CEPET that in a recent broadcast he said that Mouriño Terrazo was not an appropriate person for the position of interior governance minister because he is originally from Spain and because of allegations that he has been involved in corruption and influence trafficking scandals.

López Betancourt said that after he made the comments, he began to receive rude and threatening e-mail messages that referred to his participation in the radio programme. He added that on 16 October 2008, he received a telephone call in which the well-known host of the "¿Y usted qué opina?" programme, Nino Canún, told him that his participation in the programme was cancelled, following orders from the owner of the Radio Centro group, Francisco Aguirre Gómez. Canún said that Aguirre Gómez had received instructions from the interior governance minister to cancel López Betancourt's participation in the programme.

López Betancourt has said that this is the second time that the Radio Centro group has censored him. The first time was in 2003, when he criticized the former public security secretary, Alejandro Gertz Manero.

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