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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES URGED TO PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY

As Mexicans await the final results of the most closely contested presidential election in the country's history, the National Centre for Social Communication (Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, CENCOS) and ARTICLE 19 have joined 13 other civil society organisations in urging the new government to publicly pledge its commitment to transparency, accountability and the right to access information.
The organisations have called for a formal dialogue between a new government and civil society, academics and the general public to identify the political reforms they say are needed to ensure that the right to access information is fully guaranteed and respected.

The right to access information is recognised in the Mexican Constitution and in several international human rights treaties ratified by Mexico.

The organisations say one useful reform would be the incorporation of principles into the Mexican Constitution to help increase transparency in all public institutions. Another would be to strengthen the country's existing access to information legislation.

The civil society groups also say a new government should support and strengthen the Federal Institute of Access to Public Information, a public agency that plays an important role in protecting the right to access information.

Read the letter to presidential candidates:
http://www.article19.org/pdfs/letters/mexico-letter-to-presidential-candidates.pdf
Visit these links:

- CENCOS: http://www.cencos.org/
- ARTICLE 19's Principles on Access to Information Legislation:
http://www.article19.org/pdfs/standards/righttoknow.pdf
Mexico's Access to Information Law: http://www.freedominfo.org/countries/mexico.htm
- LIMAC: http://www.limac.org.mx

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