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Mexican Court Backs Prominent Reporter Fired After Uncovering Scandal

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui speaks to the press in Mexico City on March 16, 2015 a day after being fired. Aristegui,
Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui speaks to the press in Mexico City on March 16, 2015 a day after being fired. Aristegui, an influential Mexican broadcast journalist whose report about the first lady's mansion caused a scandal was sacked Sunday, sparking anger among supporters who called her firing an affront to freedom of speech. Aristegui had been publicly feuding with her employer, MVS Radio, in recent days after two of her investigative reporters were fired by the company. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY, April 15 (Reuters) - A court ruling issued on Tuesday may force a broadcaster to negotiate the reinstatement of a high-profile journalist fired last month after helping uncover a scandal involving President Enrique Pena Nieto's family.

The Mexico City judge ordered an April 27 hearing that may determine whether Carmen Aristegui and her popular show return to the air.

Late last year, Aristegui revealed that Pena Nieto's wife, Angelica Rivera, was in the process of acquiring a luxury house from a government contractor that won millions of dollars in state business.

Aristegui was dismissed by MVS Radio after it accused her and her team of offering, without prior authorization, the broadcaster's name and funding for a new platform for investigative journalism called Mexicoleaks,

Aristegui, who also hosts a show on CNN's Spanish-language network, argued that her dismissal was politically motivated.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge imposed an injunction against the broadcaster's guidelines for its news hosts. Aristegui argued those guidelines were not consistent with her contract.

(Reporting by David Alire Garcia; editing by John Stonestreet)