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Government funding cripples Mexico’s free press

Mexican authorities are paying vast sums of money for advertising space to media groups, which is having a crippling effect on the country’s independent press.

Authorities in Mexico are paying vast sums of money for advertising space to media groups, which is having a crippling effect on the country’s independent press.

According to free speech groups and journalists themselves, the payments are essentially bribes paid to control editorial decision-making.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from Mexico City.