Regulatory Bodies

Mexico does not yet have a self-regulated press council but only governmental regulatory bodies.

However it has some media ombudsmen who protect journalists and also control professional journalistic standards.


Governmental Regulatory Bodies

  • The Ministry of Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) particularly the Directorate General of Radio, Television and Film (Dirección General de Radio, Televisión y Cinematografía)
  • The Ministry of Communications and Transports (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes)
  • Federal Telecommunications Commission (Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones): “The Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL) originates from the Federal Telecommunications Act published in the Official Gazette on June 7, 1995. COFETEL is the outcome of the April 11, 2006 reforms, of the aforementioned Federal Telecommunications Act, and of the Federal Radio and Television Act; it was consolidated as an administrative body separate from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. COFETEL enjoys technical, operative, expense and management independence, and is in charge of regulating, promoting and supervising the efficient development and ample social coverage of telecommunications and radio broadcasting in Mexico, with full autonomy in decision issuing.”
  • National Council of Radio and Television (Consejo Nacional de Radio y Televisión) It is a space for reflection on the issues related to broadcasting requiring the convergence of the authority, the industry of radio and television, unions and civil society.
  • Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and data protection (Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos (IFAI))

Self-Regulatory Bodies

Media Ombudsmen


Defender of the listener, Radio Education (Defensor del radioescucha, Radio Educación) is a member of the Organization of the News Obudsmen (ONO)

Some other examples of media ombudsmen are:

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