Sat, 11 April 2009
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Journalism - Salvadoran style
Tough biddies (still sparking strong) and young enthusiasts are out there doing tough journalism in a tough country. Theres gonzo, and there is survivalist in the world of journalism. There are broadsheets and pamphlets in El Salvador, but we are talking to journalists the more mature ones) who have survived journalism in a Civil War, and others, from the younger generation who see the point.
El Diario Co-Latino is the end product of a newspaper that has been bombed, bankrupted, set on fire, and generally persecuted. It has also been the training ground of young journalists who are not prepared to sell out to financial interests, graduates from the National University of El Salvador, that has refused to sell out to neo-liberal interests. There are over 50 'private' universities in San Salvador many of them controlled byformer military officers of the former regime - a retirement break for US accredited generals and colonels who have been afforded 'impunity' for their role in gross human rights violations. Remains to be seen if the new government can reconstruct the neoliberal 'plantation', or whether the Universities can still generate a critical, committed, and honest journalist.