“Each of the cases was exposed thanks to Mexico’s freedom of information system, often ranked among the world’s most effective. Created in 2002, it has allowed journalists and researchers to wrest documents from a government long known for opacity.
The system has been ‘one of the most important democratic advances in Mexico’ since the end of one-party rule in 2000, said Roberto Rock, a journalist who lobbied for its creation.
Now, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to rein in the National Institute for Access to Information, or INAI, the independent body that runs the system. He says it’s expensive and has failed to end corruption.”