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Media distorting perception of crime, governor complains

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro has accused local media outlets of generating false perceptions about the level of insecurity in the state.

The governor said a recent report published by the National Statistics Institute (Inegi) indicates that Jalisco is doing “very well” in terms of security, registering a decrease in the crime rate, including robberies.

Alfaro pointed out that the report showed that in 2017—before he took office —thee were 43,000 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure Inegi said dropped to 33,248 in 2020.

In a video posted on social media, the governor said news media outlets that “use violence to sell newspapers betray their role as journalists. What they are [doing] is very different from informing the people of Jalisco.”

Alfaro said the data confirms that “we are making clear and sustained progress to regain peace and tranquility.”

The governor failed to mention the increase in homicides in the state. Half of all intentional homicides registered this year in Mexico are concentrated in six states, one of which is Jalisco.

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