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Salty fines for artists: a city banishes the lyrics of misogynistic songs from its stages

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Artists will face hefty fines of up to the equivalent of nearly $95,000 if they plan to perform songs with misogynistic lyrics in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, which has banned language promoting violence against women.

“Chihuahua is one of five municipalities in the state with a gender alert, declared due to high rates of structural violence against women, said Patricia Ulate, head of the municipal commission on women, families and l gender equality, according to The Guardian. Any action that helps eradicate these circumstances matters.”

Live music that objectifies or sexualizes women will be subject to a fine of up to 1.2 million pesos – the equivalent of nearly $95,000 Canadian – in the city of Chihuahua in Mexico, located near from the border with the United States.

The mayor of the city, Marco Bonilla, denounced for his part a real “pandemic” while 7 out of 10 calls to the police would be related to domestic violence, indicated the British media.

The money collected by the salty fine will be given to municipal programs for women as well as shelters for victims of domestic violence, he would have specified.

The previous month, the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrado, had for his part reiterated the right of artists to “sing what they want”, while denouncing however those who glorify drugs and violence, according to The Guardian.

However, this measure would not be unanimous, while it would have been described as “useless and retrograde” by the congressman of the state of Chihuahua, Francisco Sánchez, who would have denounced “the threat to freedom” and to the “manifestation of ideas”.



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