The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, reaffirmed what was said by the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, regarding the violent events that journalists have faced in Mexico in recent times.
During a press conference, he indicated that the government headed by Joe Biden has actually seen the threats facing journalism in our country.
“And that’s a concern that I think the secretary of state was expressing on behalf of the United States about those abuses. So I think he is talking about facts that we have seen on the ground,” he reported.
For his part, the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said yesterday that the US Secretary of State is misinformed regarding this matter and questioned him about the reasons for the financing, through the United States Agency for Development. International (USAID, for its acronym in English) to “a group opposed to a legal, legitimate government” in reference to the organization Mexicans against Corruption.
What is USAID
This agency has built more than 1,600 alliances with a wide variety of private sector entities in the last 11 years, mobilizing more than 19,000 million dollars in public and private funds to increase the sustainable impact of development assistance programs.
In 2021, USAID allocated 63.7 million dollars in assistance to Mexico and as announced by Joe Biden, President of the United States, last June, the amount corresponding to this year would add 116.5 million dollars.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured in May 2021 that the organization Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) had received 50 million pesos from USAID during his government.
And since then he asked his US counterpart to stop financing the “coup” against his government, through civil society organizations such as MCCI.
However, USAID has financed the training of public officials, both local and federal, on issues related to the implementation of justice in Mexico.
To this end, the US government institution has trained, for example, local authorities in justice in states such as Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tabasco and Zacatecas.
“For fiscal year 2016, USAID, through PROJUSTICIA, increased its support for the formation and operation of specialized units within the General Offices of the State Prosecutor (homicide, gender-based violence, robbery, and context analysis units),” the institution specified in an infographic in 2018.
According to the “Cooperation Strategy for the Development of the Country (CDCS) September 20-August 25”, the main objective of USAID is to deepen and strengthen the strategic alliance between the United States and Mexico “by working with the governments, the civil society and the private sector to reduce impunity and corruption”.