Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Chihuahua state

4 May 2011


On 3 May 2011 the congress of Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s 31 states, banned the broadcasting of ‘narcocorridos’ genre of music, songs about drug dealings and cartels, in radio and tv

The bill was introduced on 12 April 2011 by Congressman Ricardo Alan Boone and was approved on 3 May 2011. It prevents radio and television stations from playing ‘narcocorridos’ music, a Chihuahua Congress spokesperson told El Paso Times. It aims to stop “endorsing and exacerbating organized crime actions through music.”

According to Chihuahua’s lawmakers, those “so-called musicians take advantage of freedom of speech putting together songs aimed to glorify crime and encouraging approval for those criminal groups,” the lawmakers stated in a press release.

It is still unclear how the new legislation will be enforced.


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El Paso Times – 4 May 2011:

‘Narco corridos banned in Chihuahua’

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Google News – continuously updated:

Search: “narcocorridos”

Dig deeper (Drug War Chronicle – world’s leading drug policy newsletter) – 29 January 2010:

‘Latin America: Mexico Proposes Banning Narcocorridos (Drug Ballads)’

Stephen Marche, Weekend Post – 29 January 2010:

‘In defence of Mexican gangster polka’

Associated Press / The New York Times – 21 January 2010:

‘Mexican ruling party proposes banning drug ballads’


Elijah Wald: ‘Corrido Censorship: A Brief History’

Information about Elijah Wald’s book, ‘Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas’:

The Standford Review – Bellum – 10 February 2009:

‘Narcocorridos: The Cartels Stretch Their Wings’

BBC News Online – 3 October 2004:

‘Mexico’s forbidden songs’

These background links were provided by Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT)

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