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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition by Charles J. Glasser, Jr.

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Chapter 5

Mexico

Leonardo Cesar Ferreira

Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Communication

Broadcast Journalism & Media Management

University of Miami School of Communication

5100 Brunson Drive

Coral Gables, FL 33146

305-284-3751

lferreira@miami.edu

Introduction to the Mexican Legal System

For centuries, Mexico has been a most vivid reflection of the Latin American legal blend, a continental mix of indigenous, colonial, and republican regulatory traditions. Although notably a Civil Law system, no one should be surprised to find ancient Mesoamerican roots clashing or coexisting with contemporary Hispanic and Anglo-American influences in this country.1 Accordingly, as in its libel history, the Mexican legal heritage is complex ...

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