MEXICO CITY — The Mexican army says a journalist and two retired soldiers have been detained after entering a military base north of the capital under false pretenses.
Ciro Gómez Leyva said via Twitter on Thursday that the Army did nothing wrong and that reporter Humberto Padgett who works on his Radio Formula show was briefly detained and was expected to be released later in the day.
He estado en comunicación con Humberto Padgett. No hay nada que reclamar a la Policía Militar ni a la @SEDENAmx Esperamos que él y sus compañeros salgan en los próximos minutos. CGL
— Ciro Gómez Leyva (@CiroGomezL) August 1, 2019
The army SEDENA put out a press release describing that two private security guards accompanying the reporter were carrying unregistered guns.
The army (SEDENA) says the journalist and two man lied to guards at the base in Santa Lucia by saying they needed medical treatment, and they were also going to an educational facility. SEDENA says they were found recording video and tried to flee.
👉Los medios ya estaban haciendo un drama de esto y acusando a AMLO de coartar la libertad de expresión, cuando se dio a conocer que el periodista había entrado sin permiso a una base militar.
👉Nadie por encima de la ley. https://t.co/OqeKb85Kue
— SinLínea.Mx (@SinlineaMx) August 2, 2019
The Santa Lucia Air Base will soon be converted into a civil airport and will become part of Mexico City’s airport system.
The Mexican government recently cancelled an airport at the Texcoco lake that was fueled with irregularities, corruption, environmental and human rights violations.
The reporter works for Radio Formula, the owner, Ciro Gómez Leyva, was a vocal defender of the canceled Texcoco Lake Airport.
Adaptar la base militar de Santa Lucía para el nuevo #AICM costaría 150 mmdp más que el Aeropuerto en Texcoco ¡150 mmdp más!, de acuerdo con el Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de México pic.twitter.com/Wyym9mkVhf
— Ciro Gómez Leyva (@CiroGomezL) September 15, 2018