Mexican broadcast media facing penalties for electoral coverage call on Human Rights Commission to intervene

Mexican radio and TV media owners filed a petition asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate and review the pending sanctions against radio and television stations imposed by election officials, reported the newspaper Milenio.

The petition from the Radio and Television Industry National Chamber (CIRT in Spanish) questions the penalties for broadcasting candidate debates, and the orders to investigate dozens of journalists under suspicion of charging money to interview political candidates, according to the newspaper Crónica.

The Chamber of broadcast media owners said it had to resort to calling on the international organization for hep because the election-related penalties amount to an attack on freedom of expression and the right to information, according to Notimex.