The Origin of Media Freedom in Mexico and the Role of Alfonso De Angoitia Noriega

     Mexico is considered a central power center of Spanish-speaking Latin America, owing to the number of newspapers, radio stations, publishers, and television networks in the country. The mainstream newspapers, televisions, radio houses and periodicals in Mexico focus on several areas ranging from sports, politics to general entertainment. The official government newspaper in Mexico is the El Nacional.

Although the government has strictly regulated the media industry in Mexico, there have been several amendments in the recent past that have seen resulted in the establishment of privately owned media houses. The country’s constitution of 1917 guarantees the freedom of the press to all media houses in Mexico. Despite there being the freedom of the press in the country, the law requires that all media houses exercise it with a lot of caution. For instance, the law restricts media houses regarding personal privacy, public health, and morality. The law also prohibits media houses from broadcasting ill statements of our national heroes.

Although the Mexican media houses are nominally independent, they are still subject to a lot of economic and political pressures. That is because Mexico is active politically all through. Besides, a significant part of the population has a lot interests in politics. That is probably why several new media houses have been established with the primary focus of keeping tabs with the political happenings in the country.

Television plays a significant role in disseminating news to the public. Televisa has been the dominant television broadcaster in Mexico for a long time. The company is part of the Mexican Telesystem, the largest communications conglomerate. Televisa’s influence in the Mexicans media industry is huge. Besides owning the vast television and radio stations, it has huge interests in the publishing, newsprint, home videos, advertising, and marketing, cinemas, sports, tourism among others.

About Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega

     Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is the managing director and the executive vice president of Grupo Televisa. It is the most prominent media house in the Spanish speaking world. Before taking on his current position, Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega served as the chief financial officer of Televisa in 1999-2003.

Mr. Angoita has had a successful career both as a lawyer and financial executive in some of the giant companies in the country. Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is considered as the financial mastermind of the Televisa. He is also credited for propelling the company to the financial prosperity it is experiencing today.

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