Some 260 radio stations operate illegally in Mexico, some run by organized crime, denounced this Friday the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT).
“There are subversive groups that politically run these stations, others that have to do with organized crime”
In an interview published this Friday by a national media outlet, the president of the CIRT, José Antonio García, said that these frequencies proliferated during the pandemic.
“There are subversive groups that politically manage these stations, others that have to do with organized crime,” García said.
He added that other operators “are trying” to exploit frequencies without having tendered before the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Ifetel).
García argued that the number could be higher because some stations were installed in remote or marginal areas.
They detail that the largest number of irregular stations is in Puebla, with 82, followed by Chiapas (73) and Oaxaca (49).
In fourth place is Tamaulipas, located in the northeast and bordering the United States. In that region, with a strong presence of drug cartels, the CIRT registered 37 illegal stations.
Meanwhile, in Veracruz there are 27, and 14 in Guerrero. Both regions are frequently shaken by clashes between drug traffickers and between them and security forces.