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Leading Mexican journalist fired; had revealed presidential scandal

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui gives a press conference in Mexico City. MVS Radio says Aristegui was fired on Sunday, March 15, 2015 for challenging the firing of reporters who had misused the company's name by linking it to a website meant to collect leaks of government information. But defenders of Aristegui note that the firing comes a few months after the same reporters had embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto by revealing his wife had a house financed by a frequent government contractor. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui gives a press conference in Mexico City. MVS Radio says Aristegui was fired on Sunday, March 15, 2015 for challenging the firing of reporters who had misused the company's name by linking it to a website meant to collect leaks of government information. But defenders of Aristegui note that the firing comes a few months after the same reporters had embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto by revealing his wife had a house financed by a frequent government contractor. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)  (The Associated Press)

The crusading host of Mexico's top-rated national news radio program has been fired in a case that many fear is a blow to freedom of expression.

MVS Radio says Carmen Aristegui was fired for challenging the firing of reporters who had misused the company's name by linking it to a website meant to collect leaks of government information.

But defenders of Aristegui note that the firing comes a few months after the same reporters had embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto by revealing his wife had a house financed by a frequent government contractor.