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THREE IFEX MEMBERS CALL FOR DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY MEDIA LAWS

IFEX members ARTICLE 19, the National Centre for Social Communications (Centro Nacional de Comunicacíon Social, CENCOS) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are demanding that Congress proceed with major reforms to the Radio and Television Law that would allow for more diversity in the media.

The reforms, calling for the creation of an autonomous media body and legal recognition of community media, would "safeguard media pluralism in the country," the members say.

Their call comes on the heels of an historic Supreme Court decision earlier this month that declared unconstitutional various reforms to the Radio and Television Law, enacted by Congress last year and in 2005. The magistrates decided that the reforms - including automatic renewal of licenses and broadcasting frequencies - gave two broadcasters and a handful of radio stations unfair advantage and ran counter to democracy.

According to the IFEX members, Mexico ranks among the lowest of all countries worldwide when it comes to pluralism in radio and TV - there are only 13 citizen-controlled stations in the country - because the law allows for government intervention and favours profitable, commercial media.

Visit these links:
- IFEX members' joint statement: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/84388/
- ARTICLE 19 on Supreme Court decision: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/press/mexico-tv-law-eng.pdf
- Inter Press Service, "Supreme Court Deals Blow to Powerful Broadcasters": http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38069
(26 June 2007)

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