Mexico state governor Enrique Peña Nieto, speaking at the same forum, rejected Gómez Mont’s thesis, and defended the role of the media:
In Mexico, press coverage of insecurity doesn’t persist simply because of editorial decisions, but also because of the specific weight that it occupies in the Government’s strategies. The results of this war have deteriorated the image of the country, even to the point of suggesting the existence of a failed state.
It is certainly not the case that the media are responsible for fomenting more violence or for keeping insecurity as a priority in the national agenda…. Fighting crime and enforcing the law is not a subject just for the media, nor for the parties, nor the responsibility of just one government. It is an obligation of the State, of the entire Mexican State.