Fox News Channel is going dark in Mexico ahead of that country's presidential election on Sunday, reports the Los Angeles Times
. The News Corp. unit wants to steer clear of local restrictions
on campaign ads and public surveys, channel executives say--and Fox is concerned that their coverage could jeopardize the standing of the cable and satellite companies that distribute its signal. "I
just don't think we had much choice," says Janet Alshouse, senior vice president of international distribution for Fox News. "We can't restrict our coverage." Fox News will resume transmission after
the polls close Sunday evening. A columnist for Mexico City newspaper Reforma
said that while Fox News does not have much of an audience there, the decision is a form of self-censorship that
sets "a dangerous precedent." Says Sergio Sarmiento: "We do need the foreign media."
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