Mexico’s Televisa to create content for Amazon Prime

02/22/2018 Reuters

televisaMexican broadcaster Televisa said on Thursday that it plans to start producing original content to be distributed on Amazon.com Inc’s platform, underscoring streaming services’ increasing efforts to woo Latin American audiences.

Televisa, the largest producer of Spanish-language TV content, said it has struck a multiseries agreement to create “premium programming with an emphasis on multicultural characters” for Amazon Prime Video, an on-demand video streaming service available in more than 200 countries and territories.

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Why So Many Shopping Malls Are Being Built in Mexico

02/13/2018 The Wall Street Journal

pexels-photo-374894.jpegOn a recent weekday afternoon in Iztapalapa, a hardscrabble neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of the Mexican capital, two sets of construction crews entered the final stages of work on a project that captures the current state of retail real estate here.

One crew hung doors, welded braces and finished floors for Parque Antenas, a brand new 1.1-million square foot shopping mall. Up above, workers hauled carnival rides and carousel parts for a rooftop amusement park the company said would be the world’s first atop a mall.

While U.S. malls are dying a slow, painful death, malls in Mexico are thriving.

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Mexico investigates banner touting drug cartel in capital

02/07/2018 Reuters

Mexico CityMexican officials said on Wednesday they were investigating a banner in Mexico City announcing a powerful drug cartel’s arrival in the capital, long regarded as a safe haven from drug violence.

The large banner bearing the name Jalisco New Generation Cartel was spotted by local media on Tuesday hanging from an overpass in one of the city’s principal thoroughfares. The United States regards the cartel as one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs.

Several senators urged Mexico City officials to take action after the appearance of the banner, underscoring concern about rising crime in the capital.

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Mexican views of the United States drop to record low, poll finds

01/18/2018 Washington Post 

Mexico CityFor the first time in more than a quarter-century, a majority of Mexicans hold negative views of the United States, according to polling data collected by the Mexico-based firm Buendia & Laredo in collaboration with the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that will be released Thursday.

The data suggests a dramatic turnaround in Mexican opinions about the country’s northern neighbor in the last couple of years. In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that 66 percent of Mexicans held favorable views of the United States, while only 29 percent had unfavorable views.

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Mexico: Latest Murder Highlights Blurred Lines in Journalism

01/01/2018 New York Times

journalist-armando-rodriguez-murderACAYUCAN, Mexico — For some, Gumaro Perez was an experienced reporter who got on well with locals and earned the nickname “the red man” for his coverage of bloody crimes in Veracruz, one of Mexico’s deadliest states for journalists and civilians alike.

In the eyes of prosecutors, Perez was an alleged drug cartel operative who met a grisly end when he was shot dead Dec. 19 while attending a Christmas party at his 6-year-old son’s school in Acayucan, purportedly by gunmen from a rival gang.

Either way, the brazen daylight killing underscored the blurred-lines nature of how journalism is practiced in much of Mexico, especially in the countryside and in areas where organized crime gangs hold sway over corrupt authorities, terrorize local populations and are largely free to harass and murder reporters with impunity.

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Number Of Journalists Killed In Mexico Reaches ‘Historical High,’ Report Says

12/22/2017 NPR

A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says that at least 42 journalists worldwide were killed in 2017 in retaliation for their work — which marks a drop from the 48 killed last year.

But one country defied what appears to be a downward trend — Mexico.

According to the New York-based nonprofit, six journalists were killed in Mexico this year, putting it just behind Iraq and Syria as the deadliest places in the world to work in the media.

Another reporter may be added to Mexico’s murdered list for 2017. On Tuesday, Gumaro Pérez Aguilando was killed in the state of Veracruz. The 35-year-old crime reporter was gunned down while attending a Christmas party at his son’s elementary school.

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Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media

12/25/2017 The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single, powerful client that spends exorbitant sums on advertising with a simple warning: “I do not pay you to criticize me.”

That client is the government of Mexico.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

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