Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law

April 23, 2014

Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content.

Protesters carrying signs that read "No to Censorship" and "Freedom of Expression" walked along Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue on their way to the Senate building after organizing the demonstration on social networks.

The government says the proposal seeks tools to combat on the Internet, including child pornography.

One of the most controversial articles in the law allows the government to request that internet providers "block access to certain content, applications or services," including cutting off cellphone service or Internet access if it considers there is a risk to public safety.

"If they can block Internet and cellphone signals whenever the government wants that will leave us very vulnerable and go against our own security," said Carla Sandoval, a 30-year-old who joined the march along with a friend.

In recent years, social networks have served as the main sources of information in many parts of Mexico affected by drug violence because mainstream media has stopped sending reporters there because of security fears.

Carlos Brito, a and member of the Network in Defense of Digital Rights, said the law could lead telecommunication companies to impose limits on Internet access to avoid being accused of promoting illegal acts.

"What we are saying is that maintaining neutrality on what goes on the Internet has allowed it to become what it is today," said Brito, a graduate student.

Deputy Communications Secretary Jose Ignacio Peralta posted on Twitter that the law aims to punish those who use it for illegal purposes.

"It doesn't oppose a free Internet," Peralta wrote on Twitter.

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