Freelance film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
MEXICO: A portrait of the courageous and tenacious Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui

«Ethics are a tree that bears useless fruit.» It’s a phrase used in Mexican director Julian Fanjul’s latest documentary Radio Silence to sum up the popular philosophy of corrupt opportunism and entrenched amorality that is institutionalised in her home country at every level of society. It’s a disease of thought so pervasive in that those who give their lives in opposition stand out all the more for their integrity and courage. Carmen Aristegui is one such figure and the focus of the film. The Mexican journalist and radio host is a leading media voice in the fight against a prevailing climate of fear that has been imposed by the powerful to silence any resistance to foul play. Even mortified citizens see little hope for any good coming from speaking out about injustices, in a nation where murders are commonly committed with impunity, and where law enforcement is often complicit.

Inconvenient truths

Aristegui was illegally fired from her hugely popular radio show at largely government-funded network group MVS in 2015, after reporting on the «white house scandal» involving the acquisition of a multi-million dollar luxury home by President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife in exchange for a lucrative bullet train contract. It was decried as a case of journalistic censorship by her supporters, but no other network . . .

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