A leading journalist has written an open letter to the federal government’s fake news debunker, warning him that she is destroying his future and urging him to change course.
Since the middle of last year, Ana Elizabeth García Vilchis has presented the “Who’s Who in Lies of the Week” segment during President López Obrador’s Wednesday morning press conference.
Azucena Uresti, a television and radio presenter accused by García of spreading false news, published a letter to the government spokeswoman on the Opinión 51 website on Tuesday.
” I do not know you. I heard about you in June last year when the terrible section you lead every Wednesday was created,” the letter begins.
“…I just know that you are 32 years old, that you were the web coordinator of a news site and that you studied social anthropology at the Autonomous University of Puebla,” Uresti wrote.
“…Why am I writing these lines to you? First because of my unsuccessful attempts to arrange a journalistic interview with you; secondly because you referred me with lies from the National Palace; and third and foremost because I believe – and hope I am wrong – that you are destroying your future,” she wrote.
Uresti told García that she was not writing to defend herself but to offer advice as if she were his friend, sister, or mother.
“… Every week that I see you standing there in front of everyone at the National Palace, reading a script that is not yours, I feel sad,” she wrote.
“…You also don’t own the script because you stutter, exaggerate, sweat [and] your voice is shaking. And that tells me that deep down you don’t feel comfortable with what you’re doing. Those who promised you that you would be the defender of the truth lied to you; those who promised to catapult your political career… lied to you,” Uresti said.
She acknowledged that journalism has its flaws, but argued that all journalism “must be free and calling critical journalists traitors or putschists is an attack on that freedom.”
“…You are too young to mark your professional future like this and be the target of such brutal violence every week while the men who write what you read hide behind the president,” Uresti wrote, apparently referring to online abuse.
“You have time to change course, to fight your own battles and not become a single-use cartridge, to remember that their opponents are not necessarily yours,” she said.
“Say what you believe and have sought, defend the government in which you have placed your trust but do not allow yourself to be an instrument of politics or revenge. Be free and let your choice determine your path. With female solidarity, Azucena Uresti.
A day after the letter was published, García took aim at the journalist during her weekly appearance at the National Palace, claiming that she had made a false statement about the governor of Veracruz on Twitter.
She concluded her remarks with a “reflection” on the segment she has been presenting for six months.
“This section was created to provide a service to the public, to bring to light and refute fake news that implicates the federal government. Neither media nor journalists are stigmatized here, we only cite lies and expose the replicators of lies. If media and journalists’ names appear, it is for didactic purposes, it is not something personal,” García said.
“There is a clear disinformation campaign to undermine the plans and work that this government is carrying out. … But even if they defend hidden economic or political interests or are simply in bad faith, time will put everyone in their place.
Mexico Daily News