Media News - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mexico's television network Televisa has accused the Guardian of intimidation after fresh revelations about the company's links with the presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto caused an online furore in the runup to Sunday's election. The world's biggest Spanish-language broadcaster said that the Guardian's report that it had set up a secretive unit to campaign for Pena Nieto were part of a defamation campaign. Televisa's response came as renewed student-led protests against the network led to scuffles with rival demonstrators who supported Pen~a Nieto, who is the rightwing PRI party's candidate. Separately, the Mexican magazine Proceso published new claims that a company linked to the network had backed the frontrunner's campaign with TV adverts. The Guardian first reported on 7 June that documents from 2005 appeared to detail Televisa's sale of favourable coverage to several politicians, including Pena Nieto. On Tuesday it published documents that said a secretive unit codenamed "team Handcock" commissioned videos to promote the candidate and his PRI party, and rubbish rivals, in 2009. Within hours, the report was trending on Twitter and being picked up by blogs, radio stations and several Mexican newspapers. A spokesman for the PRI denied the allegations and the network issued a swift rebuttal. CNN's Spanish-language news service and influential news sites such as animalpolitico.com carried the story prominently but Televisa's news bulletins did not report the controversy – an example followed by several leading media organisations, which ignored or downplayed it. (The Guardian)
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