Publication of a magazine called Presencia Nacional [MEX30490.E]

The following is publicly accessible information provided by a representative of the Comision Calificadora de Publicaciones y Revistas Ilustradas (Illustrated Magazines' and Publications' Qualifying Commission), an autonomous branch of the Government Secretariat of Mexico responsible for the legal registry of periodical publications, during telephone interviews on 3 and 4 November 1998. This adds to the information provided in MEX30260.E.

The magazine Presencia Nacional is a legally registered periodical of political content, registered by Herminio Portillo Dominguez. The most recent issue forwarded by the publisher to the Comision Calificadora for inclusion in its files is dated 30 January 1998. This does not necessarily mean that the magazine ceased publication after that issue, because the Comision Calificadora does not receive all issues from all magazines. The Comision Calificadora does not have any recent observations on the magazine noted on its file; however, the Comision Calificadora only knows of the cessation of a publication's circulation if it receives notification from the publisher or owner, and looks into the operations of a publication only if any irregularities are reported to the Comision Calificadora.

The publication's file includes the telephone numbers of the magazine's printer. However, attempts by the Research Directorate to contact the printer indicated that one of the numbers does not belong now to the printing company, while the other is temporarily out of service.

The representative of the Comision Calificadora stated that with the Direccion General de Derechos de Autor (Copyright office, cited in MEX30260.E) only the name of a publication is registered, usually before it begins publishing, to prevent someone from using the same name; it is not a registry for the circulation of publications. The representative added that Ciudad Neza (Cd. Neza, the given place of publication) is short for Nezahualcoyotl, one of the urban centres or "satellite cities" around the capital city of Mexico, and it is considered part of the capital. Mexico City has two parts, one in the Federal District and one in the State of Mexico (Estado de Mexico, or Edo. Mex., as given in the information request).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Comision Calificadora de Publicaciones y Revistas Ilustradas, Mexico City. 3-4 November 1998. Telephone interviews with representative.