New transparency law shifts balance of power in Mexico
Sign On Sandiego takes a look at the the first federal open-records legislation in Mexican history, passed in 2002. The political cost of enacting a transparency law has been high for Fox and his government. But for Mexican citizens, the law has opened the door to a once-secret world and allowed them to see the inner workings of their government.
"This is a very ancient culture of secrecy, of concealing things, so the response by the public has been limited," said JosÃ© CarreÃ±o, who heads the journalism program at Mexico City's Iberoamerican University. "Ordinary people don't know what to do with this information."