The National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) responded to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that it does not have constitutional or legal powers to investigate the income of journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, as requested by the president in a letter.
He pointed out that information referring to private life and personal data is protected in the terms and with the exceptions established by law, in accordance with the provisions of articles 6 and 16 of the Political Constitution.
“In reference to your request, consisting of this institute carrying out an investigation to make public the perceptions, assets and origin of the wealth owned by Mr. Carlos Loret de Mola, partners and relatives, you are informed that the INAI does not have constitutional and legal powers to carry out investigations such as the one requested,” said Blanca Lilia Ibarra, commissioner president of INAI.
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He pointed out that in order for the INAI to rule on the relevance of publicizing the requested information, there must first be a pronouncement by the authorities that possess such information, including the Tax Administration Service (SAT) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF).
The agency recommended that the president enter a request for information through the National Transparency Platform to the obligated subjects who may have the information they are looking for about the journalist.
“In the event that the answers granted do not satisfy their claim, it is possible to file an appeal for review with this Institute, in the case of federal obligated subjects, so that it is analyzed case by case, on the origin of the answers provided.”
He also emphasized that the INAI has the obligation to guarantee the protection of personal data in its possession.
López Obrador has reiterated that the income of journalist Loret de Mola and other public figures should be public, so he asked the INAI to investigate the journalist’s receipts and invoices.
“I declare my assets and they are public, and why are the assets of Loret or López-Dóriga, or Krauze, or Aguilar Camín, or the owners of the public media not going to be public?” he questioned. He even insisted that he was also a citizen, and made his income public anyway.
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