Posted on March 3, 2017 12:24 pm
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Colombia Deserves a Far More Inclusive, Independent, Pluralistic Media

If the Peace Process rammed through approval in Colombia needs a new dynamic of participation and inclusion, because its press media is still stagnant, repeating stories and characters. An information orgy of crime, corruption and power.

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The articles from the weekly Semana are still being published without a byline. I have heard that they did not bear the author’s name for security reasons, so the journalist is not threatened or killed. But that excuse is not valid in this new century and with a Peace Process that forces citizens and media to be more transparent.

The problem with the magazine Semana is that an editor continues to dictate the content to journalists. Not only do they tell reporters what to write, but also the approach this information should carry. That explains why most of the articles do not have quotes and they reach conclusions that have no logic whatsoever. It is the rigid logic of the ruling class.

There are many examples of this manipulation that does not help to inform, much less to approach the truth that shakes Colombia. “For many in the government, Martinez overestimated the former senator’s supposed confession,” such is an example of how reality is manipulated without any journalistic basis. It is a story invented to create imaginaries and control opinion.

This happens because the media in Colombia remain under the control of a few wealthy families or groups of social and economic power. The same last names of always. There are no significant alternative media that can generate opinion, nor are there any media owners who practice pluralism, inclusion and informational balance. They do not risk making changes for a better future for information in Colombia.

In getting my MA in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City, the most important concept I learned was “do not say it, show it.” The Colombian press does the opposite. Queens Latino