By KELIN DILLON
During his press conference on the morning of Friday, Jan. 8, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) promised the public that government officials and media reporters would have quick access to all requested documents after the proposed absorption of the National Institute for Transparency Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI) into the Mexican government.
“We have nothing to hide and public life must be increasingly public,” said López Obrador.
AMLO said that all government officials would receive requested documents within 72 hours, without reservation. Workers who do not provide the material asked for as required will find themselves sanctioned by the government.
“A mechanism will be sought so that the official who does not deliver the information is punished quickly,” said López Obrador.
The announcement comes after AMLO’s proposal to eliminate autonomous organizations and absorb their tasks into the government’s various secretariats.
López Obrador said the INAI “was created for transparency and there has been no transparency,” necessitating it’s reform.
AMLO cited how the independent transparency organization had previously hidden public documents, such as materials showing the cancellation of taxes for large companies during the administration of Vicente Fox.
He also mentioned that the INAI costs Mexico one billion pesos for maintenance a year, funds AMLO would rather allocate to social programs and covid-19 recovery.
Critics raised concerns about the elimination of the INAI being a violation of human rights.
Further debate on the extent of the reforms to the INAI and other independent organizations will occur in a cabinet meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.
…Jan. 11, 2020