Who runs the media in Mexico?
The concentration of media ownership in only a few hands undermines plurality of information. It violates the right of every citizen to freely form his or her opinion by considering different approaches and views of the events of individual interest.
Although in general, the increasing number of web pages has extended the opportunities for freedom of expression, traditional corporate groups with the biggest audience shares are still dominating the media market in Mexico.
The Media Ownership Monitor project (MOM), carried out by Reporters Without Borders and Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (Cencos A.C.), found the lack of market data and transparency in audience measurement, the corrupting effect of government advertising and the insufficient regulatory framework to be key factors that increase the high level of media concentration in the hands of very few owners, instead of limiting it.
Thus, the Mexican society is negatively affected in its right to receive diverse and reliable information to the detriment of free and independent thinking – an intrinsic characteristic of every democratic society.
The results of MOM Mexico can be accessed through this website by browsing profiles of media outlets, companies and owners, as well as many explanatory texts.