An Examination int Contemporary Latin American Political Journalism 

Theorizing & Experiencing Politics

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Latin American journalism is in a crisis. This is bad news, especially when a more assertive, adversarial, critical and independent political journalism is needed more than ever in Latin American media. Read More…

Mass Communication and Journalism

Subverting Democracy and Thwarting Social Change, an Examination into the Latin American Mass Media

Subverting Democracy and Thwarting Social Change, an Examination into the Latin American Mass Media


In the last few decades Latin America has seen a shift to left leaning, socially progressive and radical governments. Despite their diverse political textures, all of them have been elected democratically and have appealed to the most marginalised sectors of this vast continent. Hand and hand the region has become a fertile ground for the generation, cross-fertilization and consolidation of history-changing socially progressive movements. From the 2011 student movements in Chile, to the recent Bolivian Aymara Indian actions to block the Dakar rally, Latin America is experiencing a rich tapestry of energetic citizen movements. Considering these two contemporary paradigms, one could argue that Latin America is going through a process of democratic engagement from below. It is a political and civil movement instigated and led by grassroots urban and rural actors struggling to achieve a truly democratic system, a democratic system where social, economic, cultural and environmental justice prevails. The struggle is not without its foes. There is one deep-rooted foe that since the post-colonial period has tried to preserve its class privilege, economic interest and economic control. The Latin American right is not exempt from mighty tools to subvert democracy and obstruct social change. And the mass media is one of its most formidable. In a broad and big-picture approach this article examines, contextualizes and brings up-to-date the role the mass media plays as an “ideological organizer” of the Latin American right. In this context, this paper gives a special emphasis to Chile’s El Mercurio, considered the country’s “paper of record.” It is the oldest daily in the Spanish language currently in circulation and it is the archetypical media “ideological organizer” of the right. Its role in subverting democracy and suppressing social progressive movements cannot be underestimated. Read More…


Global Media Journal

Wikileaks: Journalism and the 21st Century Mediascape

Global Media Journal

This issue of Global Media Journal, Australian edition,has taken a significant step in choosing to focus its attention on the WikiLeaks phenomena. Edited by Hart Cohen and Antonio Castillo. Read More…

International Journal of the Humanities

New directions in humanities & journalism

International journal of the Humanities

Using a journalistic turn of phrase, there are two angles to this paper. The first angle is about the academic and pedagogical approach to the understanding and practice of journalism.

The second angle is about the journalism profession and its new directions in the context of the complexities of the early years of the new century. These are two angles to one central story: what kind of journalists we aspire to train at an academic level.  Read More…

Breaking Democracy : Venezuela’s Media Coup

This paper examines the media’s role in the 11-13 April 2002 attempt to oust Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez. The short lived and unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government exposed the politicised and undemocratic nature of Venezuela’s private commercial media.

At international news level, the events of April 2002 demonstrated that foreign news coverage tends to reproduce the version of the dominant elite and over-simplify the causes and outcomes of complex historical events. In this case, most of the foreign news not only reproduced the local private media coverage, but also amplified the strength of the coup.

Essentially, this media coup revealed the centrality of the commercial, privately owned media in bringing together some of the key players behind this political operation: businesses, right-wing politicians and some sectors of the military. The key component of the current social and political crisis in Venezuela is the bitter struggle between the government and the commercial media. Read More…

Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Neglected and Partial News: A Probe into the Reporting of Latin American Environment
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People and the Planet 2013 Conference Proceedings. This article was first presented at the People and the Planet 2013. Conference: Transforming the Future, RMIT University, Melbourne. Read More…


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