Mexican president slams ‘defamatory’ EU resolution over his treatment of the media

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

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MEXICO CITY, March 11 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday called a European Parliament resolution “libelous” a resolution expressing concern over its antagonism to critical media, accusing European lawmakers of siding with its opponents.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday urging Lopez Obrador to moderate his remarks against the media in Mexico, a country that has seen a series of murders of journalists, particularly in recent weeks. Read more

The parliament said it was concerned about “the systematic and harsh criticism used by the highest authorities of the Mexican government against journalists”.

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Calling the resolution “libelous” and “completely false”, Lopez Obrador said he personally helped draft a government response released Thursday night that compared European lawmakers to “sheep” backing his “reactionary” opponents.

Speaking at a regular daily briefing, he re-read the Mexican response in full.

The European Parliament noted that Lopez Obrador used “populist rhetoric” in his press conferences to “disparage and intimidate” independent journalists, media owners and activists.

Lopez Obrador says his opponents are determined to undermine his efforts to root out entrenched inequality and corruption, and says he is taking steps to protect journalists.

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Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom, writing by Cassandra Garrison, editing by Nick Macfie

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