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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:52 PM

The Truth - "Mexicans Protest Media Bias in Presidential Election" - Any Different From Fox News?

The media here tends to cover the protests going on in Mexico as a protest against presidential candidates. However, the truth is that Mexican youth are actually protesting the heavily biased media coverage of the election. This explains why the most media outlets like CNN tend to bury the opposition to media bias in their coverage of the protests:


However, a few outlets are a little more honest in their coverage and note that a major component of the protests is that Mexicans are fighting back against the corrupt reporting by their mainstream media:


Mexico's biggest television network sold prominent politicians favourable coverage in its flagship news and entertainment shows and used the same programmes to smear a popular leftwing leader, documents seen by the Guardian appear to show.

The documents – which consist of dozens of computer files – emerge just weeks ahead of presidential elections on 1 July, and coincide with the appearance of an energetic protest movement accusing the Televisa network of manipulating its coverage to favour the leading candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto.


While not all organizers agree with the term Mexican Spring to describe the changes taking place right now, it's an exciting time for activists and students who've taken to the streets in a series of actions on mainstream media coverage of the country's presidential elections — specifically how politicians have bought favorable coverage. The general election takes place in Mexico on Sunday, July 1.

Marta Molina captured the student-led movements in a series of stories on Waging Nonviolence. Molina's focus right now is on the organization of the Yo Soy 132 movement, or I am 132 (see video above). During a May 23 protest, Molina wrote that "thousands of Mexican university students, academics, youth, as well as some who were not-so-youthful, began to mobilize for the democratization of Mexico’s media and against the role that the media is playing in the upcoming presidential elections. And the youth are seriously moving."


Tens of thousands of Mexicans took to the streets Sunday in protest against media bias in their Presidential elections.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has unearthed evidence of corruption in how Mexico’s main TV news sources deal with conservative Mexican Presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. He is the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has ruled Mexico for much of the 20th century.

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Two commercial TV networks control almost all free television programming in Mexico, particularly the biggest, Televisa. The Guardian’s revelation was of documents suggesting that Televisa sold favorable coverage to Peña Nieto when he was governor of the state of Mexico, and developed a dirty tricks campaign against López Obrador ahead of his first bid for the presidency in 2006. Televisa and the PRI have said that the documents are fake.

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