Mexico: Article 19 asks Senate to revoke 'Chayote Law' because it violates freedom of expression, it says

  • Source: Zeta
  • December 14, 2022

"The non-governmental organizations Article 19 and Fundar urged, on Dec. 12, 2022, the Senate of the Republic to reconsider the bill to reform the General Law of Social Communication of 2018, known as 'Chayote Law,' ['chayote' is type of Mexican squash with a prickly skin] which gives the Government a free hand to spend its official advertising without any rules, as part of a package of electoral reforms, since it 'fails to comply with the highest standards in freedom of expression,' so that 'conditions for subtle censorship and lack of transparency are maintained.'

The NGOs considered that if the Senate of the Republic did not revert the reform to the General Law of Social Communication, approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union, 'the guarantee of the right to freedom of expression and information will continue to be violated.'"

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