"There is a new Cold War starting. It does not involve opposing military forces, but it does involve competing ideas about how political life should be organized. The battles are between broadcast media outlets and social-media upstarts, which have very different approaches to news production, ownership and censorship." (Read full article at: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/01/social-media-and-the-new-cold-war/).Howard is specifically referring to the battle in Russia and other totalitarian states to control and limit the power of alternative expressions and information outlets (think Pussy Riot), but his general argument about limiting access to news and silencing voices of dissent also applies to Mexico. The Mexican government has not made any obvious attempts to block individual access to social media, it has nevertheless undertaken to silence those who do not speak well of Mexico. The Calderón government introduced a campaign to encourage everyone in Mexico to say only positive things about Mexico, and in the final months of the PAN sexenio the Calderón government and the putative president elect Enrique Peña Nieto both contracted with international public relations firms to promote their personal positive image.
But the most important battleground of this "Mexican Cold War" involves a plaza dispute for Broad Band Spectrum licensing. Here, a fight to control the 2.5 GHz broad-band media rights has become the proxy battlefield where powerful economic and political forces are engaged in a battle to control the hearts and minds and the pursestrings of Mexicans.
Suspension from broadcasting and reinstatement
But the removal of the licence from Joaquin Vargas was unlikely limited to the Aristegui incident. Over time, MVS and many of its other streaming services emerged as the prime outlet for leftist Progresista movement in the election campaign, and MVS provided several outlets for intellectuals, government critics, international observers and informed citizens to make critiques and present reasonable alternative views to the government policies.
Felipe Finally Gets his Revenge
|Fisgón - la Jornada August 25, 2012|
This incident is a troubling threat to democracy, and it is truly hard to know whether everyone involved is a villain or a hero. But the battle is one that deserves to be covered in more detail in the international press. If there are no external monitors and observers, Mexico will be in even more danger of becoming another 20th century example of totalitarian state described in George Orwell's "1984".
The following is taken from Carmen Aristegui's August 24th op-ed article in Reforma about these events and the pressure placed on Joaquin Vargas
"Dieciocho meses después, la historia ha dado un vuelco. Si bien quedó claro que la Presidencia de México ha mentido y que sí estuvo involucrada, hasta la médula, en aquel vergonzoso capítulo, también es cierto que, en el camino, se han hecho revelaciones insólitas, cuyos detalles han sacudido a quienes entonces -y ahora- formamos parte del equipo de Noticias MVS.
Duro ha sido saber, hoy de primera mano con las propias conversaciones de Joaquín Vargas, el tipo de negociaciones y arreglos que se pueden dar en las estructuras de poder político y empresarial, en donde los periodistas terminamos por ser monedas de cambio. Elementos que dan o quitan poder a quienes detentan cargos políticos y concesiones.
Joaquín Vargas tomó un riesgo mayor. Para poder exhibir la perversidad del modelo tuvo que exhibirse a sí mismo y mostrar el punto hasta el que fue capaz de ser obsecuente y someterse ante un poder que -de diversas maneras- lo colocaba en esa disyuntiva perversa: la cabeza de la periodista o la posibilidad de mantener para MVS la 2.5.
Esta semana, Joaquín tomó una decisión histórica que dejó al desnudo a todos los participantes. La más grave exhibición corre a cargo de la Presidencia, porque es ahí donde se ejerce el poder a nombre de los mexicanos.
En una mezcla de valentía y autoinmolación, Joaquín puso al desnudo el entramado de poder que ha existido desde hace décadas, que ha permitido dar, quitar, refrendar o no, según las conveniencias y valoraciones políticas. "Si te callas, te doy; si no obedeces, te quito", resumió el propio Vargas.
Miles de jóvenes en las calles hoy exigen "democratización en los medios". Se paran frente a Televisa, reclaman a los medios y exigen a los poderes públicos. Colocan como imperativo un cambio de paradigma. ¿Quién puede negarles que les asiste la razón?"
"Eighteen months later, the story has turned. While it was clear that the President of Mexico has lied and yes was involved, through and through, in that shameful chapter, it is also true that in the way, they have made unusual revelations, details of which have been shaken to its then-and now, we are part of the news team MVS.
Duro has been know, first hand today with the talks themselves Joaquin Vargas, the type of negotiations and arrangements that can occur in the structures of political power and business, where journalists end up being bargaining chips. items that give or take away power to those who hold political office and concessions.
Joaquin Vargas took a risk. perversity To display the model had to exhibit himself and show the extent to which he was able to be obedient and subject to a power-in different ways-what perverse placed in this dilemma: the head of the journalist or the possibility of maintaining for MVS 2.5. This week, Joaquin took a historic decision that laid bare all participants. exhibition, the most serious is the responsibility of the Presidency, because that's where the power is exercised in the name of Mexicans.
In a mixture of courage and self-sacrifice, Joaquin laid bare the web of power that has existed for decades , enabling support, remove, endorse or not, according to the convenience and political assessments. "If you shut up, I give you if you do not obey, I remove" summed Vargas himself.
Thousands of young people on the streets today demanding "democratization in the media. "stand in front of Televisa, the media demanding and require public authorities. imperative placed as a paradigm shift. Who can deny them the right is? "