Como se cocina la versión oficial

…investigative journalist and blogger Jacqueline Fowks shows how Lima’s mainstream media coverage of the Bagua protests succumbed to usual stereotypes of “warrior indians” with spears drawn while calling out “battle cries.” The leader of AIDESEP, a coalition of local, indigenous rights groups, was filmed with shaky cameras that constantly zoomed in and out to portray a sense of anxiety, while government politicians were filmed using steady tripods, which communicates a sense of calm. The nightly newscasts played story after story about the violence, but there was hardly any analysis about the free trade agreement, mining contracts, and legislative decrees that led to the protests in the first place.

News anchors repeatedly mispronounced the names of indigenous leaders. Mainstream media soon adopted the same vocabulary as the government to describe the events. Police officers were “assassinated” while indigenous protesters were “deceased” (“fallecidos“). When indigenous leaders were interviewed by some reporters, such as Rosa María Palacios, they were ridiculed for not speaking Spanish fluently even though none of the reporters were able to speak to the protesters in their native Awajún.

Recomendable post en el Blog del Oso, reflexiones sobre los medios, las lenguas indígenas en los medios mainstream y la historia alrededor del icónico video de Frecuencia Latina, una excepción sobre la cobertura de la masacre de Bagua,  (hat tip a IKN)

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