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Businessmen, Partisans and Oligarchs: Political Control, News Production Philosophies And Partisan Bias In Mexican Television News
Unformatted Document Text:  28 national president. 30 He brought former radio and television chief Ady Gárcia López with him to the National Executive Committee. She is in charge of party relations with media outside of the national capital. 31 In an interview, Pérez said Tabasco state television treated every party equally in 2000, dismissing the federal authorities as interventionist and themselves biased. 32 Televisión de Tlaxcala Tlaxcala’s state channel is the only source of local television news in that small state, just east of Mexico City. During the 2000 elections, an engineer who had helped found several important educational stations in Mexico, Hector Parker, directed the state’s radio, cinema and television system. PRD Gov. Alfonso Sánchez Anaya appointed Parker upon taking office in 1999, just months after joining the PRD. Anaya had been a member of the PRI, traditionally the strongest political party in the state, but department unexpectedly with the party passed him over for its gubernatorial candidacy in 1998. Sánchez Anaya has been accused twice of removing journalists who refused to follow his news policies. Mexico’s Fraternidad de Reporteros, an independent journalists professional association based in Mexico City, accused him of removing five radio programs from the airwaves in 1999 because they were too critical. 33 In 2002, he fired Parker and almost all the journalists in the television station’s news division. According to the station manager, Romeo Peña Silva, it was because the journalists did not support the PRD enough during mid-term congressional elections in 2002. “We followed the law in terms of times 30 Madrazo’s opponents initially cried foul, saying he committed voter fraud. 31 Curriculum vitae are listed on the PRI’s web site, www.pri.org.mx. 32 Pérez. 33 Nubia Salas And Manuela Olivos, Relación de actos contra el ejercicio periodistico ocurridos en México de enero a diciembre de 1999, Fraternidad De Reporteros, 1999, accessed July 15 2002; available from www.fremac.org.mx/obs/inf99/recue3.html.

Authors: Hughes, Sallie. and Lawson, Chappell.
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national president.
30
He brought former radio and television chief Ady Gárcia López with him to
the National Executive Committee. She is in charge of party relations with media outside of the
national capital.
31
In an interview, Pérez said Tabasco state television treated every party equally in 2000,
dismissing the federal authorities as interventionist and themselves biased.
32
Televisión de Tlaxcala
Tlaxcala’s state channel is the only source of local television news in that small state, just
east of Mexico City. During the 2000 elections, an engineer who had helped found several
important educational stations in Mexico, Hector Parker, directed the state’s radio, cinema and
television system. PRD Gov. Alfonso Sánchez Anaya appointed Parker upon taking office in
1999, just months after joining the PRD. Anaya had been a member of the PRI, traditionally the
strongest political party in the state, but department unexpectedly with the party passed him over
for its gubernatorial candidacy in 1998. Sánchez Anaya has been accused twice of removing
journalists who refused to follow his news policies. Mexico’s Fraternidad de Reporteros, an
independent journalists professional association based in Mexico City, accused him of removing
five radio programs from the airwaves in 1999 because they were too critical.
33
In 2002, he fired
Parker and almost all the journalists in the television station’s news division. According to the
station manager, Romeo Peña Silva, it was because the journalists did not support the PRD
enough during mid-term congressional elections in 2002. “We followed the law in terms of times
30
Madrazo’s opponents initially cried foul, saying he committed voter fraud.
31
Curriculum vitae are listed on the PRI’s web site, www.pri.org.mx.
32
Pérez.
33
Nubia Salas And Manuela Olivos, Relación de actos contra el ejercicio periodistico ocurridos en México de
enero a diciembre de 1999, Fraternidad De Reporteros, 1999, accessed July 15 2002; available from
www.fremac.org.mx/obs/inf99/recue3.html.


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