Friday, February 20, 2015

Today's Headlines: A general has his say

Thursday was Army Day in Mexico, and all the papers give front-page coverage to the address by General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, head of the Defense Secretariat and the top military official in Mexico. El Universal and Milenio lead with the story under the headlines “Cienfuegos: Military accused without serious proof” and “Army ‘above all suspicion': Peña.”
    The general didn’t mention what criticisms or accusations he was referring to, and the main coverage in those two papers doesn’t offer readers much help. The mindset going in seems to have been that the assignment is to cover the general’s speech, so stick to it.
    There also may be an element of respect in the coverage. It was a day to honor the military, which after all has been assigned a thankless task over the last eight years.
    La Jornada has no such qualms. In its No. 2 story, which uses a head similar to the others, we read:
    “Months after soldiers participated in the mass murder of 22 presumed kidnappers in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico, and after soldiers were accused of being linked with the forced disappearance of 43 students of the normal school in Ayotzinapa, [Cienfuegos] said, ‘We will always be the ones who are most interested in having any incident that involves the participation of military personnel investigated in depth and fully clarified.'”

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