i stand accused

From Radio Survivor, a brief report that a Mexican journalist and community radio activist has been charged with – are you ready? – “audio pollution.”

Also, “illegal use of the nation’s good.” That, at least, sounds vaguely like some distant cousin of some F.C.C. regulation about unlicensed broadcasting, but audio pollution? The blog notes “the government has accused Olivares of crimes that do not exist in Mexican law.” Well, that’s one way of doing it.

Read the whole, strange thing here and consider to what use we could put a law against audio pollution, assuming, of course, we decided to go to the trouble of actually writing the law, instead of just charging the top executives from your favorite radio mega-corporation with audio pollution and sorting out the legal niceties later.

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