Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector

Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector

MEI REPORT 818 (HOUSTON) — On Sept. 12, 2016, The New York Times ran an editorial “Suing Journalists in Mexico,” and called for legal reform to protect journalists from defamation suits intended to intimidate journalists. This characterization understates the challenges of investigative journalism in Mexico.

This report examines an article published in Excelsior on February 10, 2015, about the explosion two weeks earlier of an LPG delivery vehicle at a hospital in Cuajimalpa, a suburb of Mexico City. The report illustrates how reputations and brands in the energy sector are vulnerable to an unpredictable press.

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George Baker

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who spearheads the firm, carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.

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