Freedom of expression, what most polarizes Mexicans

Freedom of expression is the issue that has most polarized Mexicans in the last five yearsrevealed this Friday a study by the firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC).

According to the report “The Hidden Drug. A study on the addictive power of the polarization of public debate”, the polarized discussion on freedom of expression is “very related to the generic of human rights, which shows a greater volume of conversation” in Mexico.

The murders of journalists, the attacks by drug traffickers or the violations of rights by certain authorities justify this state of opinion.

He also highlighted the level of polarization on issues such as the minimum wage, abortion, immigration, although in the latter case there are few negative connotations due to the border situation with the United States.

However, the report ranked Mexico as the second least polarized country in Ibero-America, where polarization has grown 40% in the last five years, according to LLYC findings under data science and artificial intelligence techniques, applied between the September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2022.

“Mexico is the second least polarizing country. On the contrary, at the top of the ranking is Brazil, which in recent years has had a lot of polarization due to political issues, Argentina and Spain, also due to the growth of the ultra-right, and Colombia,” David González, partner and director, explained in an interview. General of the North Region of Latin America at LLYC.

González explained that Mexico also has more consensus on issues such as feminism and the climate crisis compared to other Ibero-American countries.

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On the other hand, he warned that during the last five years in Mexico polarization grew very rapidly on issues such as freedom of expression, human rights, racism, abortion and feminism.

The manager added that it was also identified, with specialists in various areas involved, that polarization also generates addiction, with effects similar to those of drugs.

“We call it an addiction because there is an ever shorter cycle of consumption and we feel like consuming more and we want to consume more,” he said.

He added that similar effects were also found, such as anxiety, to different degrees, fear, a sense of loss, inability to think clearly, intellectual myopia, withdrawal, among others.

Likewise, the LLYC report pointed out that in Mexico the bloc of society identified as right-wing or conservative has led the public conversation since the rise of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the presidency in 2018.

This, as in other latitudes such as Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Panama, while a greater volume of those on the left or progressives is identified in countries such as the United States, Colombia, Brazil and Portugal.

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