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Mexican President to Media: 'You Know What Will Happen' for Bad Coverage

• ILDEFONSO ORTIZ AND BRANDON DARBY

In their most recent column, the Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over recent statements made by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).

"If you go too far, you know what will happen," AMLO is reported as having said on April 15 during his daily press briefings. Just one day later, AMLO walked back the comment, claiming his statement was about his followers calling out unfavorable press. Since taking office, AMLO maintains an uneasy relationship with critical news outlets.

The statement is of concern to press freedom organizations since Mexico continues to be one of the countries where journalists and mass communicators are routinely killed with near impunity. During his campaign, AMLO claimed that impunity would stop, however, since taking office in December, there have been seven journalists killed.

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