The work carried out by the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (Inai), as well as the use of the transparency platform, has helped academics, journalists and organizations reveal cases of human rights violations and corruption in Mexico.
Since 2014, when the Inai obtained its autonomy with a constitutional reform, this body has ordered different agencies to deliver information that they had originally denied to citizens who made a request online.
In 2015, for example, Inai instructed the defunct Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to release a public version of the investigation of the 43 disappeared normalistas in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.
Another case occurred with the Tax Administration Service (SAT), when it was ordered to deliver a list with the names of the natural and legal persons who had taxes forgiven between 2007 and 2015.
The Fundar organization had to wait five years to obtain this information, since due to the refusals of the SAT it had to resort to the Judiciary and the Inai.
In 2018, the Inai ordered the PGR to reveal the contract with which the Pegasus spy service was obtained, which was allegedly used to monitor journalists, activists and officials.
In addition to the Inai’s interventions, the transparency platform has been a tool used by journalists to report on corruption.
One of the best known works is that of the White House, where it was revealed that Enrique Peña Nieto had a house worth 7 million dollars built by Grupo Higa, a group of companies that had obtained multiple contracts with the former federal president.
In the past six years, other cases of corruption were revealed, such as La Estafa maestra, which revealed how millions of pesos were diverted through 128 shell companies.
For this case, Rosario Robes, former federal secretary, is in prison.
Similarly, in previous years the work Las Empresas Fantasma by Javier Duarte was carried out, in which it was reported how the former governor of Veracruz diverted millions of pesos from that entity.
Currently, the ex-president is also imprisoned for these crimes.