Internet Day in Mexico, Nothing to Celebrate. (Contingente Mx Press Release).

PRESS RELEASE: ContingenteMx spanish version.

INTERNET DAY IN MEXICO, NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

 May 17th, 2015. Mexico City.

Promoted by international organizations every May 17th, several countries celebrates  “The Internet Day”. From civil society we say that, related to Mexico public policy on Internet, there is nothing to celebrate.

In 2013 different social organizations achieve a small victory with the inclusion of the word Internet in the Constitution via telecommunications reform.  The word internet and it concept was not originally included in the presidential initiative.

Despite that, the current Congress, has not ruled and will probably do, the first citizens’ initiative at the federal level delivered by our organizations on February 22, 2013, which proposed a constitutional reform and legislation to ensure “Free Internet for All”.

Far from it, the legislature in the transitory articles of the 2014 telecomm reform, diluted the goverment obligations of guarantee the right of access to Internet, passing from specific provisions, to a general programs. Although the National Digital Strategy and the Mexico Connected program, our country is in the worst places of OECD ranks, of Internet access and in quality related service.

This policy does not see the people as subjects of fundamental rights and does not establish clear goals, and specific responsibles. Even the actual government does not committ to a schedule goals.

In contrast the 2014 amendment to the Telecommunications Law endangers Internet freedom, by providing to a broad set of authorities, the possibility of wiretap not only private communications, but the access to a sensitive personal information about people gathered by telecom providers, without authorization or court supervision. Also the authorities are free to act without any accountability process. Also the government is a an accelerated process of classifying public information, the greatest of all governments in the history of Mexico, for “national security reasons”. That process allow them to act in a full opacity, and run a telecomm surveillance system with  billionaire budgets.

Nearlly three years of Pena Nieto’s government the people access to internet has stalled while the cases of polictical prision, censorship, Web site attacks, and other sophisticated actions of all governments  increasingly making Internet a less safer and open.

Social media censorship, blocking a domain name , attacks on independent websites, and sophisticated and violent strategies against journalists, as the recent case of Rossana Reguillo , are the marks of this government and its local partners to increase torque intervention buying of technology and Internet surveillance .

In this context we denounce the double standards while we make the commitment to promote free online architectures, to develop and promote proposals consistent with the freedoms and to accompany processes that builds a genuinely free internet.

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Comunicado: El Día de Internet en México, nada que celebrar

Originalmente publicado en ContingenteMX:

ContingenteMX, Ciudad de México a 17 de mayo de 2015.

El 17 de mayo es celebrado por algunas entidades internacionales y en algunos países como el “Día de Internet”. En este marco desde la sociedad civil nos pronunciamos para señalar que en México, no hay nada que celebrar. En 2013 diferentes organizaciones sociales logramos incluir en la reforma constitucional en materia de telecomunicaciones, la palabra internet en el artículo 6, no incluída en la iniciativa presidencial.

A pesar de ellos la actual legislatura del Congreso de la Unión que está por concluir, no ha dictaminado y previsiblemente no dictaminará, la primera iniciativa ciudadana a nivel federal entregada por nuestras organizaciones el 22 de febrero de 2013 que proponía una reforma constitucional y una legislación secundaria para garantizar “Libre Internet para Todos”

Lejos de ello, el Legislativo, en los transitorios de la reforma constitucional, diluyó las obligaciones del Estado en garantizar…

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Contingent Mx supports Carmen Aristegui for her commitment for a free internet

Contingent Mx supports Carmen Aristegui for her commitment for a free internet.

The digital rights activist collective, Contingent Mx, makes a public statement related with the series of events that led to the dismissal by MVS of the respected mexican journalist, Carmen Aristegui, this March 15, 2015.

The MVS acts are a reliable sample of the persecution of independent voices in Mexico and the collusion of the owners of the media, and the political regime. The institutional harassment is particularly serious in those journalists who have documented step by step, the unexplained wealth, the political relations and the conflicts of interest, both of Enrique Peña Nieto president of Mexico and her wife, as many other related politicians of the government in turn.

On the pretext of unauthorized use the name of MVS, included on a wisthle blower web platform, the telecom company fired two Aristegui employees. At the next day Aristegui who demanded his reinstatement, receive a notification that MVS have unilaterally changed the rules of its employees. Gabriel Sosa Plata audiences Ombudsman said that those new conditions where “unacceptable professional dignity”. Finally arguing that the conditions and ultimatum by Aristegui were not acceptable, the company ended the relationship with journalist Sunday and the program was not broadcast today.

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Contingent Mx does not overlook that the Aristegui program was the first that gave space to the cases of persecution and imprisonment for digital activists in Mexico, as were Maruchi Bravo and Gilberto Martínez, called “Twitter Terrorists” in Veracruz and Mario Flores in Mexico City. In his news ACTA treaty and its implications for internet were discussed.

The coverage of his team before the crackdown on protests over the election of Enrique Peña Nieto since 2012 until recent political imprisonment of young activists has been permanent. His analysis of what is discussed in social networks every week, takes the pulse of digital and alternative debates extending than conventional opinion. It was among the first journalists to take seriously the threat to freedom online that spam and bots represents in social networks.
Carmen Aristegui and his team covered, as no other journalistic space, citizen voices that advocate a free internet in the reform of telecommunications in Mexico and its program was established in essential place for dialogue and democratic debate.

By closing the program of Carmen Aristegui the company send a message of power.  The journalistic investigation of presidential abuses and hence corruption of the political system is punish and silenced. Without saying so, albeit by other forceful, they propose that political obedience must be the rule of opinion.

Against this the Contingent Mx, reiterates its solidarity with Carmen Aristegui and his team. We will intensify our support in social networks and through our partnerships with groups and organizations around the world and we will support and attend the demonstrations and protests against this act of censorship.

Finally we call the whole society to express their rejection in any way they find, whether taking actions citizen boycott against the company or its subsidiaries, intensifying its activity in social networks and / or placing visible symbols of solidarity in their social networks or on the street.

El Contingente Mx #EnDefensadeAristegui2 por su compromiso con un internet libre

Originalmente publicado en ContingenteMX:

El Contingente Mxcon Carmen Aristegui por su compromiso con un internet libre.

El colectivo de activistas por los derechos digitales, Contingente Mx, se pronuncia ante la serie de sucesos que derivaron en el despido de la respetada periodista Carmen Aristegui por parte de MVS, este 15 de marzo de 2015.

Los actos de la empresa de telecomunicaciones son muestra fidedigna de la persecución a las voces independientes en México y del contubernio de los dueños de los medios de comunicación, con la cúpula política. El hostigamiento institucional se agrava particularmente en aquellas periodistas que han documentado paso a paso la riqueza inexplicable, las relaciones políticas y los conflictos de interés, tanto de Enrique Peña Nieto presidente de México, como de otros políticos afines al gobierno en turno.

Tomando como pretexto el “uso no autorizado” del nombre de MVS para una plataforma de denuncia, la empresa despidió a…

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