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Right of Reply

By Luis Schmidt

Effective February 4, 2016, Mexican Congress has passed a new law in connection with the constitutional right of reply.

Right of reply has been defined as the chance for people to ask from sources of information to clarify false or imprecise statements that affect the honor, private life or image.

The law sets the obligations for information sources and proceedings to protect the right of reply. Also, the law provides the judicial sanctions available against those not informing a reply. It is important for information sources to know that they need to appoint a representative in charge of receiving requests from affected parties and of responding to the same. They will need to keep in their websites the contact data of the representative.