Freedom and Connectivity in the Americas
The Aspen Institute just released the report called Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas. The document highlights how censorship, violence against journalists, connectivity and competition in the telecommunications sector in the region, and specifically in Mexico, affect the pace in which Latin American nations are entering the “society of knowledge”. The report also makes recommendations on how to overcome these challenges. You can download the report here.
FJP: Ironically, this report is co-sponsored by Grupo Salinas, a Mexican business corporation owned by billionaire Ricardo Salinas. Grupo Salinas owns, amongst others telecommunications companies, TV Azteca, which shares along with Televisa the duopoly of the free-to-air television in the country. Earlier this year, TV Azteca refused to air the first Mexican presidential debate. Instead, the TV network showed a soccer game arguing audience preferences. If Mr. Salinas is interested in fostering Civic Media, well that’s something new.