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Mexican court tries on suit

Ministers will rule on constitutionality of TV law

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City’s Supreme Court will rule on a suit charging that recent media and telco law reforms are unconstitutional and unfairly benefit dominant players Televisa and TV Azteca.

Ruling could potentially overturn the law, approved in April, which critics say was drafted expressly to benefit Mexico’s duopoly.

A group of nearly 50 senators filed the suit last week. On Tuesday, the court assigned a minister to review the senator’s charges that both houses of Congress and President Vicente Fox approved a law that violates the constitution on 21 counts.

The accused parties have 15 business days to file initial legal briefs on the case; then an open-ended period of argumentation before the judge begins.

It will likely be months before the presiding minister rules on the case.

Fox, currently visiting Europe, soon is supposed to name five new commissioners to head the media and telco regulatory body established by the regs.

Lawmakers on Wednesday called on Fox to postpone naming commissioners, now that the case has been accepted by the Supreme Court.

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