A new report by investigative journalists in Mexico alleges that president Enrique Peña Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his 1991 undergraduate law thesis.
According to the report, nearly 197 of the 682 paragraphs that made up the 200-page thesis were lifted from writers and historians without citation. The website Aristegui Noticias, run by journalist Carmen Aristegui, published a video and accompanying article chronicling the instances of plagiarism in the thesis, entitled ‘Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon.’
Government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez called the lack of citation “style errors” in a statement, Reuters reported. He said Peña Nieto met all the requirements to graduate from Panamerican University.
Aristegui has previously clashed with the Mexican government — her website broke the ‘Casa Blanca’ scandal in 2014 that revealed Peña Nieto’s wife was buying a luxury home from a government contractor.