Not in the news

Yo Soy 132With the recent G20 summit in Mexico you’d have thought all things Mexican would be in the news but oddly not. It would seem that they’ve got a bit of a student protest movement going on over there which has inevitably been dubbed the Mexican spring. It’s got all of what should be the required ingredients to make the news:

  • Student protests
  • Loose connection to the occupy movement
  • Easy to remember group name “Yo Soy 132”
  • Pro-democracy/anti-corruption stance

And yet it’s been really quite absent from the mainstream news as far as I can see. In fact the only reason I know about it is that I know someone in London who’s quite involved with the movement, from what they report this really should be a no-brainer of a news article with all the usual stereotypes of Latin American political corruption being played out. The various left wing groups they’re involved with over here (being a student politics sort as they are) are refusing to give two hoots, not even issuing empty messages of hollow support. Now this doesn’t surprise me (and does rather amuse me as I’m a bad bad person) as the left generally these days seems to be very much about the hippness of the cause, and well Mexico doesn’t have the hipster appeal of the Arab countries. Even worse of course the current president/regime being protested about is socialist in name and so is immune to criticism by the left (If they look past the labels they might have to think after all). Also of course the duopolistic system in Mexico is remarkably similar to the false Conservative/Labour choice we get presented with so again our media are hardly likely to want to rock that boat too much.

I will say that from their Manifesto at least their demands are really fairly reasonable, but again dangerously close to something that could be demanded in much of the west. They also have a mix of some notionally quite right wing/libertarian demands along with

  • We demand real competition in the media sector, particularly with regard to the media duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca.
  • We demand that all media (radio, television, and print) incorporate instruments to safeguard the public interest.
  • We demand that the various schools of communication publicly bid for their public channel’s license.
  • We demand that access to Internet be a constitutional right, under the terms established in Article 1 of our Magna Carta.
  • We demand that there be spaces for debate between youth, academics, and the media about the above demands.
  • We demand the safety for the members of this movement, who express themselves freely throughout the country, and for particular journalists, who have been struck by violence.
  • Furthermore, we express absolute solidarity with the people who in recent days have been suppressed in different states of the republic for expressing their ideas.

With such a superficially reasonable set of demands it’s hardly surprising that they’re being ignored, especially as there hasn’t been that much in the way of trendy media friendly violence. To give an idea of how poor the coverage has been the Yo Soy 132 in London are going to serenade the Guardian for their coverage, mind don’t even bother searching on the BBC.

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