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04 April 2006 @ 07:48 pm
La Ley Televisa  
Mi vida a la d.f.:

Wake up with arnaldo, hold hands as we walk to metro stop, buy our morning sweets read healdines on La Jornada, get on metro for trip to south, kiss arnaldo as he gets off two stops before me. Leave metro in UNAM, get on pesero for Santa Ursula. Try to remember to wear my ugly face when men whistle at me on the street. Try not to get run over by cars. Try not to get defensive with men who approach me, then realize I had every right to.

Get home, do yoga with my chilena girlfriends, Loreto and Vale. Eat lunch. Work on computer. Try to read. Head to Centro de Medios Libres, Usually a meeting, make decisions, get amazed by political astuteness of my friends. Slurp beer afterwards, make media. Go home with arnaldo, read whatever political junky magazine is laying around. Understand more and more how fucked up Mexican politics are.

The Mexican Senate recently passed La Ley Televisa, guaranteeing more media rights to the big TV channels of TV Azteca and Televisa, which owns 62% of the television market already. Similar to the changes of FCC regulations, this law allows these monopolies to get bigger and enter the telephone and internet markets. Azteca and Televisa no longer have to ask the government for permission for licenses. This law will effectively shut out community and government supported radio stations.

The dark undercurrents behind this law, however, have more to do with the upcoming presidential elections. The predicted winner of the election is the PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a populist, center left candidate that is hugely popular in Mexico. This law is an agreement between President Vicente Fox from the PAN, the PRI and the media conglomerates to black out the PRD’s campaign and to give all the poltical spot space to the PRI and PAN.