• Many changes in the country have been driven largely by a society that nowadays is more active and committed to its country, and in this new scenario, the government has been tolerant of the criticism that comes from an open, pluralistic society like ours, he said.
  • In the following months, Mexicans will decide our future, and we will do so within a framework of liberties, with all the elements that help us make reasoned decisions. It is here that truthful, reliable information becomes the most powerful tool for voters, he said.
  • Destroying the great progress that has been made is usually very easy. That is why it is important for everyone to do his bit, to make an effort in his own environment, to help our country follow the path of progress and development, he declared.
  • The president participated in the 59th National Radio and Television Week, organized by the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry.

After noting, in the context of the World Press Freedom Day, that, “Now as never before are Mexicans exercise their right to dissent, question and freely express their opinions,” President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that, “In a democracy, the only political position that cannot be tolerated is intolerance”.

During his participation in the 59th National Week of Radio and Television, organized by the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT), the president declared that, “In Mexico there is no place for imposition in the face of difference or censorship in the face of freedom”.

”Freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the plurality of ideas are the basic principles of our democracy. The government will continue working to guarantee the exercise of these freedoms,” he stated.

Many changes in the country have been driven largely by a society that today is more active and committed to its country, and in this new scenario, the government has been tolerant of the criticism that comes from an open, pluralistic society like ours, and it could not be otherwise”.

The president stressed that, “A better informed country is a more democratic and participatory country”.

“In the following months, Mexicans will decide our future, and we will do so within a framework of liberties, with all the elements that help us make reasoned decisions. It is here that truthful, reliable information becomes the most powerful tool for voters. By reporting impartially and objectively, the media help the public identify fake news,” he said.

In this electoral process, he added, “Every citizen and every means of communication has something to contribute to build a more informed, democratic and participatory country”.

He repeated that, “There are no shortcuts to progress. The road to development, prosperity, justice and inclusion is long, and we must recognize the progress and achievements that we have achieved as a country ”.

“Destroying the great progress that has been made is usually very easy. That is why it is important for everyone to do his bit, to make an effort in his own environment, to help our country follow the path of progress and development,” he declared.

President Peña Nieto said that, “Today’s world is changing at great speed, with profound, rapid changes in many activities in everyday life”. He said that, “This dynamic has modified the way we interact with people, companies and the government”.

“Mexico is embedded in the global trend, and the Telecommunications sector is perhaps the one that most reflects this transformation: we have gone from having 40 million Internet users to 70 million users today. Today half of Mexico's homes have broadband Internet, that is, faster Internet. In addition, in our country, more than 65 million people use a smart phone; over half the population,” he said.

He said that Mexico is now recognized as the OECD member country, “Which has promoted the most structural and transformative changes, which it continues to implement”.

“Today the banks grant more credits, as a result of Financial Reform so that there would be more competition in this financial sector, and more and cheaper credit. We have opened sectors that remained closed for decades, particularly the energy sector. As a result of Labor Reform, the labor market became more flexible, and as a result, we have created 3.6 million formal jobs,” he added.

“Jobs are not generated by decree, they are not generated through fiscal spending or government spending. They are created through the commitment and initiative of Mexicans themselves to invest, risk and to build a path of success in the path they take, thus contributing to the success of the entire nation,” he declared.

He said that, “We went from being the 15th most visited place in the world just over five years ago to being the sixth most visited country in the world today, with 39 million tourists recorded last year”.

He said that during this Administration, “We will be reaching an accumulated economic growth of 13 percent, which contrasts with that of the past Administration, which did not even reach 7 percent, and the previous one, in which it was only 7.4 percent”.

President Peña Nieto also mentioned Education Reform, undoubtedly the most important one, “Because the future of our nation truly depends on this and on the education that Mexican children and youth have today, in which members of the CIRT have been great promoters of education”.

“You know better than anyone the importance of a good grounding in the education of our citizens. I acknowledge the support you have given to the transformation of education in Mexico, a purpose that should unite us all and all Mexicans,” he said.

The president said that, “The new times have also required important changes in the government’s work and the way in which public officials relate to and share information with citizens. That is why the National Transparency System and the National Anticorruption System were created, which are in the process of being implemented”.

During the event, the president presented the CIRT Antenna Awards:

  • For Lifetime Achievement in Radio: To Sergio Rojano, a broadcaster for Puebla; and José Bonilla, a broadcaster from Zacatecas.
  • For lifetime achievement in Television: Max Arteaga, Vice President of Televisa; and Antonio Rosique, TV Azteca commentator.
  • The CIRT Antenna Award for Artistic Merit was presented to Armando Manzanero, President of the Board of Directors of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico.
  • The CIRT Award for Social Work in Radio and TV was conferred on Radio de Monclova, for the Campaign “Children Saving the Planet”, and to the Yucatán CIRT Delegation, for the “As Different as You” Campaign.

THE ACTIONS UNDERTAKEN BY PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO IN THESE NEARLY SIX YEARS OF GOVERNMENT HAVE ALLOWED STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS TO PROMOTE COMPETITIVENESS, PRODUCTIVITY AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: CIRT

Edgar Pereda Gómez, President of the Board of Directors of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT), on behalf of the broadcasters affiliated to this Chamber, told President Peña Nieto of his, “Respect and full recognition of the series of actions he has undertaken in these almost six years, which have had the sole purpose of promoting the modernization and integral development of Mexico. These actions have allowed structural transformations to promote competitiveness, productivity and inclusive growth”.

He declared that putting Mexico in the forefront can only be achieved through progressive, non-regressive policies. “Mexico needs seriousness with measures supported in the medium and long terms, not harebrained schemes which, by their nature, slow down the development and progress we need as a nation”. Today, he added, “Mexico is the perfect blend of modernity and development; let's not fall for false promises in the face of real problem”.

He said that the president, “Has not only managed a nation, but transformed an entire country. You are a president who is respectful of those who disagree with his way of thinking and acting, a brave president who courted controversy by taking measures that affected his popularity for the benefit of Mexico”.

After stating that the Federal Institute of Telecommunications is a great achievement of the structural reforms, since it provides certainty for investments, he declared: “Our industry is convinced that we are on the right path, which will allow us to combine technological development, productive investment, quality and the diversity of contents, as well as legal security”.

“There is no doubt that certainty has improved the business climate through public policies and robust, inclusive infrastructure projects, and you will be remembered for this,” he added.

The President of the CIRT declared that, “In these days of reflection and contrasting ideas between those who are going to direct the destiny of this great nation, we have said that a country is not built every six years, but that institutions are the pillars that lend strength and vigor to a democratic system”.

“True democracies are those where freedom of expression is real and work when the majority so decides. Ideas should prevail in favor of a country, without censoring those who think otherwise. Today and always our commitment will be to give society the invaluable opportunity, through information, to be part of the political decisions that guide the future of our country,” he declared.