Juan Gabriel, a Pop Music ‘Icon’ in Mexico, Dies at 66

08/28/2016 The New York Times

juanga.jpgJuan Gabriel, the prolific singer and songwriter who was one of Mexico’s most successful musical artists, died on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 66.

Juan Gabriel’s publicist told The Associated Press that he had died on Sunday morning. Univision said he had had a heart attack.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, offered his condolences on Twitter, calling him “one of the great musical icons of our country.”

Juan Gabriel released the first of several dozen albums in 1971 and continued to release records at a relentless pace, including two this year. He was nominated for six Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Thousands flock to Mexico City streets for Pokemon Go

08/21/2016 Reuters

pokemon.jpgThousands gathered in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park on Sunday (August 21) to play Pokemon Go and celebrate the worldwide app phenomenon.

Mexicans of all ages, some in costume, descended on the park early in the day, phones and tablets in hand, ready to capture Pokemons.

Pokemon player Julio Cesar said he wasn’t a fan at first.

“When the app came out, the truth is that I spoke very badly of it as did those who play conventional video games. But I had the chance to try it and it is very addictive and I like it a lot and I see that it can bring people together to meet each other,” he said.

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HBO is giving Mexico its first late night satirical news show, but will Mexicans laugh?

07/21/2016 Fusion

chumelHBO Latin America has tapped one of Mexico’s most famous YouTubers to star in the country’s first late night satirical news show which will premiere this Friday.

The cable entertainment giant is betting that Chumel Torres, a former blogger turned Mexican social media celebrity who’s best known for co-writing and hosting the YouTube show El Pulso de la República (The Pulse of the Republic), can become the next John Oliver with his own brand of humor satirizing Mexico and Latin America’s current events and many foibles.

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Who Are The Biggest Players In Mexico City’s Media Market?

07/29/15 Forbes

tvMexico City media landscape has evolved rapidly over the last 20 years. While some critics still complain that TV giants such as Televisa and TV Azteca focus more on supporting the official government view than engaging in critical investigative journalism, gone are the days when all newspapers relied on government ad revenue and paper from a state-owned company.

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Fired Mexico Radio Host Suffers Legal Setback in Reinstatement Bid

Fox News Latino, 4/23/2015

carmen-aristeguiPopular Mexican radio and TV host Carmen Aristegui suffered a setback in her bid for reinstatement by MVS Radio when a court ruled that the outlet has no obligation to reach an accord with the fired investigative journalist.

The Federal Judiciary Council, or CJF, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary, said in a statement that the Mexico City court on Wednesday unanimously overturned a judge’s April 13 ruling that required MVS to sit down with Aristegui and reach an agreement on their contractual differences.

That meeting was to have taken place on Friday in the presence of mediator Jose Woldenberg, but the new ruling cancels that scheduled sit-down.

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Media reports say Mexican police were involved in January killings

Reuters, 4/19/2015

gun - crime sceneThree media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January, appearing to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

Aristegui Noticias, Univision and Proceso published similar accounts of the deaths in Apatzingan in the restive western state of Michoacan. They were the latest reports to allege abuses by security forces in the country.

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In Mexico, Firing of Carmen Aristegui Highlights Rising Pressures on News Media

By Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times, 3/27/2015

newspapers thumbnailMEXICO CITY — When Carmen Aristegui, Mexico’s most famous radio personality, was abruptly fired this month, nobody expected her to go quietly. But anger over her dismissal has been rising steadily, and it has turned up the heat in this country’s charged political atmosphere.

Conspiracy theories have abounded since a dispute between Ms. Aristegui and her employer, MVS Communications, ended in her departure. She has become an emblem of press freedom under siege, and social media has lighted up with demands for her return to the airwaves.

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