Manifesto of the Free Media in Mexico


We—the free, alternative, independent, autonomous, or whatever you call it, media—have for some time been reporting from within and alongside social struggles, organizing ourselves and taking our communicative necessities into our own hands, questioning the manipulation by the commercial media, demystifying the idea that journalists are objective.

We don’t feel as if we possess “the absolute truth” but we communicate honestly from our subjective experiences with ideals of freedom.  The best has yet to come and we have to struggle to attain it.  We thus situate ourselves on the side of those that resist and construct in their daily lives new forms of relating to one another, against the logic of destruction and death.  We break the information barrier.  We defend the freedom of expression, creating and sustaining media and processes of communication that do not pertain to and serve those that suppress us.

The country is immersed in one of the gravest political crises of recent years.  The terrible events of the 26th and 27th of September, 2014, in Iguala, Guerrero, have made evident the enormous complicity between organized crime and the Mexican State. There is no distinction between mafia and government, nor between police, narco and paramilitaries.  All of them, together with the majority of paid media, act on the same side, protecting their own interests.

Just a few hours after the police assassinated six people, they took 43 students in their patrol cars, whose whereabouts to this day remain uncertain.  Some media “reported” of a supposed confrontation between normalistas and police.  Since then, the mass media that made this crisis, have sought their own benefit and the benefit of the state, directing blame and granting pardons.

The common denominator has been to not inform the population of what happened.  Much less has it been to get to the bottom of the facts, to damask the networks of corruption of those above—since the media companies figure in in these webs—but to get clicks and ratings for their media and to help the government administer information, without respect to the pain of the victims and the intelligence of the people.  There are media outlets that were not guided only by these criteria, above all journalists-workers of the press, users of social media and ordinary people; to whom we direct these words.

The dignity of the students of Ayotzinapa, as well as the force and endurance of their compañerxs, families and friends, grows every day and has been awakening more rage, accumulated from the endless number of injustices at the present moment and that have taken place in this country for many years.

In Mexico and in diverse countries, thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand justice for the 43 disappeared students.  However, the grievances are so big that the mobilizations are putting the daily violence that is experienced in this country on the table, the thousands of disappeared and assassinated, the thousands of femicides, in a police and military state.

It is that violence that many media outlets hope to make invisible.  As if memory and dignity have an expiration date, as if pain and suffering could be condemned to oblivion.

We invite you all to walk together with us, to gather our voices and sights on the construction of a better present, and to weave communication from below; to consult with and be participants in the free, alternative, independent, autonomous or whatever you call it media.

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