Jul 4, 2012

Mexico should look into obstacles to press coverage of elections

Fox News Latino: Mexican authorities should investigate "the obstructions, censorship and intimidation that may have affected the coverage and observation of the electoral process," the Paris-based press-rights group Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, said Wednesday.

"Right up to the eve of election day, the campaign was marked by numerous attacks on journalists and also on observers, bloggers and campaigners for electoral transparency such as members of the #YoSoy132 collective," RSF said in a statement.

Sunday's presidential election was won by Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, who garnered 38.14 percent of the vote, according to the final preliminary results released by the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE.

"Much of the violence has been attributed to supporters of the three main candidates, starting with backers of the man who has been proclaimed the winner, Enrique Pena Nieto, leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party that led the country continuously from 1929 to 2000. The fact that the candidate of the left, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has asked the Federal Electoral Institute for a recount could further increase tension," RSF said. Read more.

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