In addition to its challenge of same-sex marriage, yesterday the PGR also asked the Supreme Court to uphold a Campeche law restricting public access to official information, which the federal government would like to apply to the Federal Institute for the Access to Public Information (IFAI).
As we (very subtly, toward the end of the post) alluded to yesterday, the lack of information in the public domain, and the consequent belief that the real truth is always the darker story hidden by the powerful, is one of the most unfortunate features of Mexican politics. It breeds mistrust and encourages (as well as cedes space to) conspiracy theorists. But this move from the PGR is all the more dangerous because it seems so unlikely to be overturned by future governments. Vicente Fox's creation of the IFAI, which probably stands as his most significant accomplishment, came during a unique backlash against the prerogatives of authoritarianism. I can't see a Peña Nieto, Creel, or AMLO administration wanting to hand back to the public whatever control over information it wins via the Supreme Court.