Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reaction to Elizabeth Malkin’s article, "Mexico’s Court Limits Reach of Big Media" in the New York Times June 8th, 2007 Edition

Collusion, proliferation and disputing of how “Big Media” south of the US border takes it shape will need to be monitored and encouraged and aided as Mexico (as well as many other Latin American countries) continue developing. Since diversity and plurality are not promoted by duopolistic media initiatives, this Mexican Supreme Court voted the new “Televisa Law” unconstitutional.

Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world has come under criticism for being especially light on the Institutional Revolution Party, which governs states in Northern Mexico, along the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. Though there are many things being done to help stifle monopolization and duopolization in many parts of the region, COPPAL (Conferencia Permanente de Partidos Políticos de América Latina y el Caribe) is an important part of how Latin America (as well as other countries in the Caribbean) help facilitate communication between governments while giving “priority to the theme of sovereignty while at the same time supporting the establishment of a more just and equitable international order.” COPPAL and Mexico’s Supreme Court’s interests cross in the prevention of heavy media conglomeration and encouraging a democratic mass media.

Although the court only struck down one clause (allowing the broadcasters to offer Internet or telephone services over parts of the spectrum that would be freed up as they convert to digital programming.) this move by Mexico’s Supreme Court could be indicative of a change in how “Big Media” interacts and sometimes controls the developing nations to the South. Giving new authority to an antitrust organization in a developing country is always a good idea. It encourages more competition, creates more jobs and education and begins to create an atmosphere and appreciation around the plurality of ideas that are available to the citizens of the country.

The article's right here.

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