|A guide to news sources, newspapers and blogs of
Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas in Veracruz, México,
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|Catemaco lacks a daily or weekly periodico (newspaper), a radio station and a TV station.
Television is a more or less monopolistic event provided through 2 channels transmitted from Mexico City.
Cable TV is available in Catemaco, including the CNN international news feed, and usually 4-6 channels showing English speaking
re-runs and Spanish sub-titled movies. The Veracruz government also operates both an intermittent cable TV and full time Radio
Radio is a little less restrictive. An "independent" radio station, FM 92.7, beams from San Andres Tuxtla, and covers the Catemaco
area, and the Veracruz State radio channel Radio MAS is a wonderful listening channel, if reachable on your hill or in your valley.
Only one daily newspapers arrives from San Andres Tuxtla. In addition Diario Eyipantla Milenium publishes 3 times per week, and
Palestra Semanario, and Perriodico de Catemaco arrive weekly. All three are online. The best is possibly Palestra which does
have some non political depth and one of whose columnists in online.
In addition, several biweekly and monthly very low circulation news magazines provide mostly political news.
Many are extraordinarily hateful, spiteful and slanderous rags without an ounce of investigative fact checking. All seem to
depend on overt or clandestine political funding, and all carry relatively little advertising.
In Catemaco itself, news is usually delivered by an old car cruising the streets, and blaring through loudspeakers anything that
anyone paid to announce, including deaths, events, sales, current crimes or incitations to public protests. At times a single page
flyer costing 5 pesos accompanies the announcements.
Veracruz, like any area of Mexico, is a hotbed of political expression. And those political rages and glorifications are printed as
news because usually that news is paid for by the person, political party, government or organization that wants news
coverage. It is a strange arrangement but apparently satisfies the readers. Maybe some of the local publications are
independent, but I don´t believe so.
All of them, nevertheless cover most major events, unless of course, their favorite was negatively involved. And all of them are
essentially "negative" on anything relating to Mexico originating north of the Mexican border.
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