Warners parries Mandoki accusation


MEXICO CITY -- Warner Bros. Mexico on Tuesday denied accusations by Luis Mandoki that it had caved under political pressure in its decision to not distribute the Mexican filmmaker's new documentary about alleged electoral fraud.

Mandoki claims he had an oral agreement with Warners, which distributes its content through Televisa-owned Videocine. Federico Arreola, Mandok's producer, accuses Televisa of "censoring" the release because the picture criticizes two of the broadcaster's high-ranking executives as well as the network's coverage of the controversial 2006 presidential election.

Former leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insists he lost the election because of widespread fraud.

Warner Bros. Mexico director Juan Manuel Borbolla told reporters Tuesday that the decision to pass on Mandoki's documentary was "strictly economical."

"We didn't have any kind of oral or written agreement (with Mandoki)," he said. "The documentary is well done, but we decided to pass because the genre is not economically viable in Mexico."