Mexican demonstrators blockade Televisa studios over election scandal (The Guardian)


Protests continue after claims TV network was biased and took money for coverage from eventual winner Enrique Peña Nieto

The Guardian


Thousands of protesters have blockaded the studios of Televisa, Mexico’s most popular TV network, accusing it of biased coverage of the 1 July presidential election.

Shouting “Tell the truth,” the demonstrators, including students and union workers, stopped employees entering the offices of the Televisa studios in Mexico City although they allowed others to leave.


The protesters allege that Televisa supported Enrique Peña Nieto, who won the election by almost 7 percentage points over leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


The protesters promised to continue the blockade for 24 hours.


Televisa, which carried on broadcasting as normal, argues it covered the election fairly and gave time to all candidates on primetime news shows.


Televisa is the world’s most popular Spanish language network and sells its soap operas around the globe.


López Obrador has claimed that Peña Nieto paid Televisa for favourable coverage and bought votes. He has filed a legal challenge to the vote with an electoral tribunal, asking it to annul the ballot.


The tribunal has until September to rule on the accusations and officially declare Peña Nieto as president. It is widely expected to uphold the vote.


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