This Friday, the communicator Javier Alatorre asked the population “Ignore Hugo López-Gatell (Undersecretary of Health) ”in his newsletter “Facts Night”, broadcast by the TV Azteca network. Then there was a debate on social networks and even Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, spoke about it.
Now, the Ministry of the Interior published a statement about the topic. In the document, he makes a “warning” to TV Azteca about the possible legal consequences of your actions.
“The media are strategic entities to spread the guidelines referred to in the declaration of merit, for containing information for preserve public health of Mexicans ”, the statement read.
The dependencies indicated that in the news “Was invited to disobey the instructions of the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, regarding the statistical data and recommendations ”.
“The television station known publicly as Televisión Azteca is ordered to to comply with the provisions of the General Health Council, in the framework of the health emergency such as the pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus, ”the document indicates.
The Secretariat noted that “You are APPRECIATED to publicly express your respect for the sanitary provisions contained in the Declaration of Sanitary Emergency, joining the common front called by the Ministry of Health “.
This in accordance with articles fourth and sixth of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States. The first establishes that everyone has the right to health protection, while the second guarantees that the expression of ideas will not be subject to any judicial or administrative inquiry, unless it disrupts public order.
Therefore, the Secretariat, in case of non-compliance, “The administrative sanction procedure established in the law will begin.”
Following this release, Javier Alatorre spoke about it on his official Twitter account. “I recognize President Andrés Manuel @lopezobrador_ for his permanent defense of democracy and freedom. He better than anyone understands the effort that Mexican families make every day to get ahead. We cannot allow fear to be above Mexico“, wrote.
Also, Hugo López-Gatell spoke of what happened in the news in the press conference this Saturday. “This work represents the entire effort of the entire federal government, not just the health sector. In summary, represents the work of the entire country of the entire national health system ”, he pointed.
He thanked the medical personnel who are at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic for their great responsibility, as well as for handling the information. “In my role here, it is an honor because I am giving voice to hundreds of thousands of health workers across the country.”, the undersecretary affirmed.
“In managing an epidemic, it is important that the population receive this information in an updated manner. If the population receives it, they can make clear decisions in their health and in their communication, “he added.
López-Gatell recalled that transparency in information management is based on professional and personal ethics. “For this reason we have put all the information at hand to the public”, ended.