The Telecommunications Reform in Mexico Must Respect Freedom Of Expression: Luis Castro

The Telecommunications Reform in Mexico Must Respect Freedom Of Expression: Luis Castro

The reform in Mexican telecommunications should be based on respect for the rights of freedom of expression and information and access to information communication and technology, said Luis Castro Obregon, national president of New Covenant, when interviewed by various media about the party’s position regarding leading this reform currently being discussed in the Senate.

The focus of the reform, said Luis Castro, must satisfy the fundamental rights and fulfill the necessary conditions for effective competition in the broadcasting and telecommunications. The neutrality of the Internet is a fundamental condition for ensuring universal access to information technologies and communication. The user should be granted the right of free access to content, services and applications without restriction, blocking or discrimination by the supplier. If it interferes with communications with strict judicial control, the basic principles of human rights are violated.

The Alliance leader said that since the presidential campaign of 2012 established as New Covenant recognize the urgent universal internet access and broadband at competitive prices as a public asset; ensure freedom of expression on the Internet as a universal right to express citizen-uncensored-ideas, opinions, positions and use the Internet as a platform to achieve a more participatory democracy.

Therefore, he said, disturbing reading sections and points are included in the reform initiative secondary laws in telecommunications, because they constitute a serious setback in politics and an open breach with the spirit and letter of the Constitutional reform presented in this matter.

As an example he cited the proposal to create a registration and control of the communications made from any device in any way, to identify accurately name, corporate name and address of the subscriber, type of communication and service source and destination of the communication, the date, time and duration thereof, identification and technical characteristics of the devices, including the international code of manufacture, the geographical location of the device, and data which surrendered the owner of the service.

 

Written by Mijael Lucero Baeza

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