In a First, Mexico Honors Newspaper With Stamp

By: Mark Fitzgerald

In a first-ever honor for a newspaper, Mexico is marking the 90th anniversary of the Mexico City daily El Universal with a postage stamp.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon cancelled the first stamp in a ceremony with the newspaper’s president and general director Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz.

Calderon used the occasion to hail the role of the press as “fundamental for advancing the consolidation of democracy in Mexico,” according to an account in El Universal by reporter Sergio Javier Jimenez.

Government, Calderon added, has an obligation to act transparently.

Ealy said the newspaper was committed to giving government that scrutiny: “In the development of a modern Mexico, we always look to the role of El Universal, not only as a witness or chronicler of events, but also as a player in the construction of the Mexico we all long for, one that we knows reflects the value and transparency of institutions, and that whole generations of Mexicans have worked and sacrificed to achieve.”

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