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Friday, May 16, 2014
Award-Winning Mexican Director Challenges President Enrique Peña Nieto to Answer Questions Regarding Energy Reforms
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Article from SourceMex, May 7
In March of this year, the US-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón with an Oscar for his skill in directing the blockbuster movie Gravity. Cuarón’s achievement brought prestige to the Mexican cinema industry and was a major source of pride for fellow Mexicans. The director leveraged his time in the spotlight to enter the debate on energy reforms in Mexico. At about the same time that President Enrique Peña Nieto was sending Congress secondary legislation to enable the energy reforms approved by Congress at the end of 2013, Cuarón publicly questioned the initiative. The director took out a full-page advertisement in Mexico City-based daily newspapers La Jornada and Reforma on April 28 challenging Peña Nieto to answer 10 questions about how the government would open up the state-run oil company PEMEX to foreign investment and where the profits would go in this endemically corrupt country.