This profile was prepared when Carlos Mendoza was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
The New Idea
Aware of the de facto censorship that exists in Mexican television reporting, particularly regarding socio-political matters, Carlos Mendoza has committed himself to bringing out the facts on issues that are generally hidden from the public. A respected professional in the communications field, he founded Channel Sixth of July to increase the range of information available to the public on important social issues, thereby encouraging all Mexicans to participate more effectively in bringing about social and political change. Channel Sixth of July is named for Mexico's questionable presidential elections on that date in 1988, which marked a significant step toward democracy because an opposition party challenged the established party for the first time.Carlos's alternative news videos complement other efforts (such as those of 1991 Ashoka Fellow Eduardo Valle) to free journalism from censorship. Making use of the availability of VCRs in many households, Carlos creates, produces and distributes alternative news on video cassettes.