Guerrero, Manuel Alejandro and Nesbitt-Larking, Paul (2010) Media & Democracy: Recent Experiences from Canada and Mexico-An Introduction. Policy and Society, 29 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1449-4035

The articles that compose this special issue of P&S were selected from the pieces presented at a symposium organized at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City on “The Role of the Media in Democracy: Mexico and Canada” in February 2009.1 The question that was floating was: Why to discuss these countries together? Mexico and Canada, as NAFTA partners as they are, have significantly increased the volume of their trade and investment in the last decade.2 However, in spite of this growing commercial partnership relatively few works exist in Mexico that discuss the experiences of Canada and Mexico outside the frame of such partnership, which invariably includes the U.S. – and mostly end up being a comparison of each against this country.3 Therefore, the aim of the symposium was to create a space to discuss public matters from Mexican and Canadian perspectives. And, in this sense, two very important elements of modern public life are communication and the media, which permit a frame for discussing the specific questions these elements pose to the development and consolidation of these apparently different democracies.

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