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INE substantiates decision to prohibit transmission of ‘mañaneras’ in Coahuila

After the Electoral Court of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF) reversed the agreement of the National Electoral Institute (INE), with which the transmission of the morning lectures of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Hidalgo and Coahuila was prohibited, where there will be elections, the electoral body based its decision.

Through a statement, the INE clarified that the ruling determines that the Institute must modify the agreement to eliminate what is related to a resolution that states that “radio and television concessionaires must refrain from broadcasting press conferences without interruption. morning in the signals of origin of Hidalgo and Coahuila or in neighboring or neighboring ones that have coverage in these entities “.

He said that the INE agreement responded to inquiries made to the electoral authority, related to the dissemination of government propaganda during the 2020 local electoral processes.

He added that the magistrates indicate in their resolution “that none of the requests that were made were related to the morning conferences of the President of the Republic, and he considers that the INE should not have ruled on the matter.”

“In any case, the consideration that the so-called ‘morning’ should not be transmitted in an uninterrupted manner in the entities with electoral process is based on the sentence SRE-PSC-70/2019, issued on November 27, 2019, in the one that the Regional Specialized Chamber sanctions various radio and television concessionaires for broadcasting the morning conferences held by the President of the Republic without interruption, since it considers that they contain government propaganda.

It pointed out that in this ruling, the Specialized Regional Chamber establishes considerations to impose sanctions on Radio and TV concessionaires for the uninterrupted transmission of the mornings:

“In the mornings, issues related to government achievements, progress, programs and reports are referred to and developed, which is considered government propaganda,” he said.

“Although it is true, issues related to health, education or security are also addressed, this does not automatically lead to them being considered as cases of exception to the norm, in accordance with article 41 of the Constitution.

“The exercise of freedom of expression must be protected as long as it does not disrupt the limits provided for in constitutional regulations.

“With the uninterrupted transmission of the mornings, the protection of another constitutional principle is at risk, such as that of equity in the electoral competition of local processes,” he said.

“That is, the determination that the conferences should not be transmitted uninterruptedly in the states with elections was not taken in the INE agreement of August 26, but goes back to a ruling of the TEPJF of 2019,” he said .