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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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A Perfect Storm for Media Reform

A Perfect Storm for Media Reform

Telecommunications Reforms in Mexico

(p.123) Chapter Ten A Perfect Storm for Media Reform
Strategies for Media Reform

Alejandro Abraham-Hamanoiel

Fordham University Press

The Mexican Association for the Right to Information (AMEDI), the most prominent media reform group in the country, has for the last decade conducted a permanent campaign for the democratization of media in Mexico. During this time AMEDI has developed a number of effective strategies, which include: constant advocacy, by organizing conferences and symposiums, providing relevant information through their internet page and public communiques and cementing an eclectic but unified front against media power; permanent monitoring, by identifying in National Congress all MPs with close personal or professional connections to big media and evaluating the performance of media regulators and key civil servants; strategic litigation, by fighting in court commercial transactions carried out by media corporations which could further entrench media concentration and contesting in the Supreme Court of Justice the constitutionality of particular pieces of legislation; and research and policy-making exercises, by publishing academic books and drafting media law to be submitted for legislative consideration. Alongside an advantageous political environment and the pressure asserted by a dynamic student movement, these strategies have been responsible for the 2013 Telecommunication Reforms and the transformation of the legal framework regulating media in Mexico.

Keywords:   content diversity, democratization, media plurality, media power, media reform, Mexican media

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