Mexico fights 'fake news' battle ahead of vote

Presidential front-runner, veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been the target for doctored videos, fabricated news articles and slander. The campaign for Mexico's presidential election officially opens next Friday, but the internet is already swarming with dubious 'news' stories. – EPA pic, March 25, 2018.

WITH allegations of Russian interference and a flood of “fake news,” the race for Mexico’s presidential election is shaping up to look a lot like the last one in its giant northern neighbour, the United States.

The campaign for the July 1 polls officially opens Friday, but already the internet is swarming with dubious “news” stories: there are allegations of meddling by Moscow, and attention is fixated on scandal-rocked data miner Cambridge Analytica’s local activities.

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