A SERIES OF LECTURES ON MEXICAN UNIVERSITIES SHOWS HOW MUCH IS NECCESARY TO DO FROM THE MEDIA AND THE ACADEMIA ON PUBLIC INFORMATION ACCCESS

Feb 122009

A seminar in the largest public university in Latin America, ( Feb. 11) showed me how necessary is to stress on the importance of freedom of the expression and public access to information for a healthy democracy. I gave a lecturer on the Mexican legal tools to reform public services and how important is to pass an Archive law in order to organize public bodies. Many questions arose by people in Mexico are not possible to respond because there is not a national archive organized for public access. A legal proposal is waiting on the congress for more than four years without any public complaints about.

Students of the Master programs in the National Public University (UNAM) stressed on their questions about how to make private televisions more open to the public because there is a sense in Mexico that both largest television (Azteca and Televisa) exercise a king of oligopoly that goes against people. On the election period both stations earn more than 300 hundred million dollars on advertisement, now with a new that restrict times for that kind of ad there is a sense among people that many news are kind of masquerade of political propaganda.

As a Knight International Journalism Fellow and member of the Fundacion para la libertad de Expression, I am giving lectures and conferences promoting the idea and purpose of freedom of the expression and access to public information to do a better journalism in this country. Next week,(Feb. 18 to 22) I will be the keynote speaker on the annual meeting of journalists in Villahermosa (Tabasco) and a couple of workshops in the same city and Chiapas.