No Censorship in Conferences / CFE Loses International LitigationBy Paloma Duran | Wed, 07/14/2021 - 11:53
Cuba Protests. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador showed images and a video that purported to show the president of the Mexican Commission for Human Rights (CMDH), René Bolio, insulting personnel from the Cuban Embassy in a protest that took place yesterday. López Obrador said that Bolio’s attitude and that of other protesters who had a confrontation outside the embassy was reprehensible. “This is not the way to protest. He is not the only wrong person; there are several. There must be a change in the people who lead.” On Tuesday, protesters gathered in front of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City in support of rare demonstrations earlier in Cuba sparked by the twin economic and pandemic-related health crises. The protestors in Mexico City chanted, “Free Cuba.” Similar demonstrations were seen in other parts of Latin America.
Return to Classes. López Obrador announced that next week he would present a new plan to return to classes for the 2021-2022 school year. López Obrador assured that there are no risks to prevent a safe reopening of classes since the vaccination program is continuing. “We can no longer continue with closed schools. For this reason, we are making a plan so that teachers, parents and children prepare to return to school safely.”
Young people exposed to false and toxic content. López Obrador said that the promotion of erroneous and harmful information to young people became more potent during the pandemic, which is why he called on Mexicans to combat misinformation. “Let’s all help inform young people because they are very defenseless. Misinformation has been strongest for this generation. We have to look for alternatives.”
Government does not silence or censure. Ana Elizabeth García Vilchis, in charge of Who’s Who in Fake News, assured that the new news section does not censor criticism. “We are dedicated to dismantling the lies that are spread, not to censorship. We do not stigmatize journalists or the media. If some of the statements made are inaccurate or require clarification, we will be willing to listen to them.”
Who’s Who in Fake News is a morning section created by López Obrador that seeks to combat misinformation and fake news. García is the editor for the newspaper La Jornada and substitute deputy for Daniela Mier Bañuelos at the Congress of Puebla.
CFE loses in international courts. López Obrador announced that the international courts had ruled against CFE in litigation over the expansion of a hydroelectric plant in Chiapas. López Obrador said there is a lack of objectivity in the courts because there are disadvantages for the governments in this type of trial. “They built the entire judicial apparatus to favor companies; it is very difficult for the government to win, even abroad. We have chosen to seek agreements and will continue to do so.”
In 2015, a consortium formed by Mexican firms and PowerChina subsidiary SinoHydro won a contract to build the hydroelectric plant on the Grijalva River in Chiapas. However, after a 20 percent advance, the project stopped due to problems between ejidos and unions, which led to a lawsuit against CFE in 2016. CFE has said that the problems occurred during previous governments. As a result, it decided to carry out an international arbitration. However, it lost the trial.
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