Charlas con café: "Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience Among Journalists in the Twenty-first Century"
Center for Latin American Studies, Fall 2021 virtual Charlas con café – a weekly space to hear lectures from a wide variety of experts and discuss topics relevant to the Latin American region, Fridays from 1-2 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)
"Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience Among Journalists in the Twenty-first Century"
Friday, Oct. 15, 1-2pm (AZ Time)
Join via Zoom: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/86782034717
Since 2000, more than 150 journalists have been killed in Mexico. Today the country is one of the most dangerous in the world in which to be a reporter. In Surviving Mexico, Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly examine the networks of political power, business interests, and organized crime that threaten and attack Mexican journalists, who forge ahead despite the risks. Amid the crackdown on drug cartels, overall violence in Mexico has increased, and journalists covering the conflict have grown more vulnerable. Both criminal groups and government forces want reporters out of the way. Journalists are targeted in order to shield corrupt authorities and the very criminals they are supposed to be fighting. Journalists have now turned to one another and to their communities to resist pressures and create their own networks of resilience. Drawing on a decade of rigorous research in Mexico, González de Bustamante and Relly explain how journalists have become their own activists and how they hold those in power accountable.
Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante is Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona. She directs the Center for Border and Global Journalism, whose mission is to support journalists and create awareness about the perilous conditions that journalists face around the world.
Dr. Jeanine Relly is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on democratic institutions, including freedom of expression and access to public information in countries that often are in conflict or in political or economic transition.