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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-07-12 07:26 PM
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Computer files link TV dirty tricks to favourite for Mexico presidency
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 Pea Nieto.


While it has not been possible to confirm the authenticity of the documents which were passed to the Guardian by a source who worked with Televisa extensive cross checks have shown that the names, dates and situations mentioned largely line up with events.


Televisa, the largest media empire in the Spanish-speaking world, controls around two-thirds of programming on Mexico's free television channels. The documents appear to have been developed within Radar Servicios Especializados, a marketing company run by a Televisa vice-president, Alejandro Quintero.

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