“Mexico’s Election Watchdog Orders Ads Criticizing President to Be Pulled”

In international election law news, the Wall Street Journal reports that Mexico’s federal election authority, the Instituto Nacional Electoral, has ordered that an opposition party’s advertisement be pulled from the radio and TV on the grounds that it contains “slanderous messages”:


According to the WSJ, Mexican law bars any election ads that incur in “slander.”

Should national election authorities be responsible for regulating whether election advertising contains slander, or should that be left up to the parties involved? If you think that election authorities should be responsible for this, what should the penalty be and how should it be enforced?

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